- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - An American Airlines pilot who became incapacitated on a flight from Phoenix to Boston and later died has been identified.

American Airlines said Capt. Michael Johnston, of Phoenix, fell ill while piloting Flight 550 Monday and died. He was 57.

After Johnston became ill, his first officer took over the nearly 150-passenger plane and made an emergency landing in Syracuse, New York. Another crew was sent to Syracuse to fly the plane to its Boston destination.

Passengers on the flight had been told the pilot was sick and it was making an emergency landing. They were later informed of the pilot’s death on the makeup flight to Boston.

Aviation experts said there was never any danger to passengers because pilots and co-pilots are equally capable of flying.



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