Airline Pilot Dies During Albuquerque Landing

First officer collapsed during final approach
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2017 4:03 AM CDT
Airline Pilot Dies During Albuquerque Landing
American Airlines says it is deeply saddened by the death.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

An American Airlines captain safely landed a Boeing 737 on his own Wednesday after his co-pilot collapsed and died while they were on the final approach. The Federal Aviation Administration says the flight from Dallas-Fort Worth was just 2 miles away from landing in Albuquerque, NM, when the captain declared a medical emergency, CNN reports. Medics boarded the plane after it landed without incident, but they were unable to revive First Officer William "Mike" Grubbs, WFAA reports. American Airlines is "deeply saddened by the death," an airline spokeswoman said. "We are taking care of First Officer Grubbs' family and colleagues and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time." (Read more American Airlines stories.)

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