American Airlines first officer dies after collapsing on flight


An American Airlines pilot died Wednesday after he suffered an apparent medical emergency on a flight from Dallas to Albuquerque, New Mexico, airline and airport officials said.

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The pilot was identified as American Airlines first officer William “Mike” Grubbs, a company spokeswoman told the Albuquerque Journal.

“We’re taking care of first officer Grubbs’ family and colleagues, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time,” the spokeswoman said.

Grubbs, who was based in Dallas, collapsed in the cockpit Wednesday afternoon as the crew of Flight 1353 prepared to land in Albuquerque, WFAA reported.

Dan Jiron, a spokesman for Albuquerque International Sunport, told KOB that the flight crew warned of a medical emergency as the plane approached Albuquerque. After it landed, authorities found Grubbs dead.

Jiron told the Journal that the emergency didn’t affect the airport. No passengers were injured.


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