Passengers aboard Contintental Airlines flight found themselves in that exact predicament on Saturday. Soon after the plane left the runway the pilot became ill and was later pronounced dead after the co-pilot made an emergency landing.
The 210 passengers on Saturday’s flight, which departed from Houston, were never in danger and the co-pilot landed the plane safely, Continental spokeswoman Macky Osorio said.
The airline said only that the pilot suffered a “serious medical problem.” Continental believes the pilot died of natural causes, Osorio said. The pilot’s name was not released.