- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 18, 2009

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Continental Airlines says a pilot who died in mid-flight was a 61-year-old man with more than 20 years of service to the airline.

Airline spokeswoman Kelly Cripe says the pilot died of natural causes Thursday on Flight 61 from Brussels, Belgium, to Newark, N.J.

She says the flight continued safely with two other pilots at the controls.

Cripe says the Boeing 777 is carrying 247 passengers.

CNN reported that the flight landed just minutes ahead of the scheduled arrival time at noon.

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