Monday, the pilot of a plane that took off from Miami destined for South America perished after collapsing following takeoff.
According to the British newspaper Independent, Captain Ivan Andaur began to feel ill several hours into a flight from South Florida to Santiago, Chile.
On a Chilean LATAM Airlines flight, Andaur reportedly collapsed in the plane’s restroom.
While attempts were made to resuscitate Andaur, the replacement captain and first officer of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner diverted it to Panama City.
However, the pilot was deceased when the aircraft landed at Tocumen International Airport.
Andaur had flown for LATAM Airlines for 25 years, according to a statement from the airline.
“LATAM Airlines Group reports that flight LA505 yesterday, which was on the Miami-Santiago route, had to land at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama due to a medical emergency for one of the three members of the command crew. When the plane landed, emergency services provided life-saving help, but the pilot sadly passed away,” the airline said in a statement.
“We are deeply moved by what has happened, and we extend our sincere condolences to the family of our employee,” the company also said. “We are deeply grateful for his 25-year career and his valuable contribution, which was always distinguished by his dedication, professionalism, and dedication.”
Additionally, the corporation stated that its 271 passengers were never in peril.
“During the flight, all the necessary safety protocols were carried out to safeguard the life of the affected pilot,” LATM said.
After Andaur’s demise, the flight departed Panama and arrived successfully in Santiago, according to the Independent.
According to NBC’s “Today” program, passengers saluted the flight’s remaining crew members both upon landing and subsequently in the airport.
LATAM Airlines identifies itself as the “leading airline in Latin America” and provides service to over 140 destinations.
Two days after the murder of Andaur en route to Chile, an engine caught fire on a Southwest Airlines flight that had just departed William P. Hobby Airport in Houston.
A footage of the conflagration was captured by a passenger of the aircraft.
This passenger spotted flames coming from the plane engine, which caused the Southwest flight from Houston to Cancún to make an emergency landing. pic.twitter.com/2PJiMkeMl6
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 18, 2023
KHOU-TV reported the flight was bound for Cancun and returned to Houston unharmed.