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A pilot aboard an overnight American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Boston reportedly died Monday on the red-eye flight. In audio posted online of the emergency call to air traffic control at liveatc.net, the co-pilot can be heard describing what has happened: "Medical emergency. Pilot is incapacitated."
The flight was diverted to Syracuse where it landed safely at 7:11 a.m. with 147 passengers on-board. The co-pilot is heard asking air traffic control: "Do you have a way to get into the cockpit expeditiously?"
The cause of the pilot's death is not yet known. "We are incredibly saddened by this event," a spokeswoman told a Boston TV station.
American Airlines flight 550 later resumed its flight to Boston.
Conversation begins at about 1:10 into the liveatc.net recording.