PILOT Died in Flight - Aug.14, 2023 - LATAM Flight LA505 (MIA-SCL) Miami to Santiago, Chile - 2 hours into 8hr flight, captain collapsed and died in the lavatory - plane diverted to Panama City!
August 14, 2023 - LATAM Flight LA505 (MIA-SCL) Miami to Santiago, Chile (source 1, source 2, source 3, source 4)
LATAM Flight LA505 (MIA-SCL) left Miami at 22:11 EDT
56 year old captain pilot went into the washroom in the 2nd hour of the flight, saying he felt unwell.
Noticing that the captain had fallen in the sink, the cabin crew intervened with first aid, but the captain could not be revived.
There were 3 pilots on the plane, the remaining two diverted the plane and landed safely in Panama City, Panama, 28 minutes after pilot collapse, at 12:36AM EDT.
The captain was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The aircraft is still on the ground in Panama City about 12 hours after landing.
Passengers reported they were dropped off in Panama City with no LATAM staff around and left without information (that the captain had died).
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