Pilot Dies inflight, Flight Diverted

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BOSTON —An American Airlines pilot on a flight from Phoenix to Boston died as the plane was en route Monday, the airline said.

The red-eye flight had left Phoenix just after midnight and was diverted to Syracuse after the pilot’s death.

“Syracuse, American 550, medical emergency, captain is incapacitated, request handling for runway,” a transcript of the co-pilot’s radio transmission said.

There were 147 passengers and a crew of five on board American flight 550.

“We are incredibly saddened by this event,” a spokeswoman said.

Another crew was sent to Syracuse to fly the plane to Boston.

WCVB Boston.

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