Veteran British Airways pilot dies after suffering a heart attack in a hotel shortly before his captain’s flight from Heathrow to Cairo
- The veteran pilot was scheduled to fly from Cairo to Heathrow when he died suddenly.
- Passengers did not know why their flight was delayed
A British Airways pilot suffered a heart attack and died shortly before flying a plane full of tourists back to the UK.
The anonymous pilot was preparing to captain the flight from Cairo to Heathrow when he collapsed in the crew hotel.
The pilot made it from his room to the lobby, where his colleagues performed CPR on him, but tragically could not save him.
The airline bosses were forced to delay the scheduled flight of the Airbus A321, without the passengers knowing the reasons for their wait. Sun reports.
A source told the newspaper: ‘It has shaken up BA. It’s not worth imagining if she’d had a heart attack at 30,000 feet.
The unnamed pilot was preparing to captain the flight from Cairo to Heathrow when he collapsed in the crew hotel (file image)
The veteran pilot had reportedly suffered from health problems in the months before his death.
His body was returned to the UK on a Boeing 787, which he was flown to Egypt especially as there was no room for the coffin in the hold of the plane he was scheduled to fly on.
BA bosses were tasked with informing the pilot’s family of his sudden death.
BA said: ‘Our thoughts are with the friends and family of our colleagues at this sad time.’
The company has been contacted for further comment.