American Airlines pilot dies during flight

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American Airlines image.

BOSTON (WFLA) – American Airlines says one of its pilots died during an overnight flight from Phoenix to Boston on Monday.

American Airlines flight 550 diverted to Syracuse early Monday morning due to pilot illness.

“Unfortunately our pilot passed away. We are incredibly saddened by this event and we are focused on caring for our pilot’s family and colleagues. We are also taking care of our customers and we did send a replacement crew to get them to Boston,” said an American Airlines spokesperson.

No other details have been released.

The Airbus A320 left Phoenix at 11:55 p.m. and landed in Syracuse at 7:13 a.m. 147 passengers and a crew of five were on board the plane. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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