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American Airlines pilot dies on outbound flight from Phoenix

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PHOENIX — An American Airlines pilot died midflight Monday after the plane departed from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The airline said the copilot of the A320 with 147 passengers and five crew was able to land the plane safely in Syracuse, New York about 4:15 a.m. Arizona time. The flight was originally scheduled to land in Boston.

An airline official did not give a cause of death, instead only telling CNN the pilot had an “illness.”

“We are incredibly saddened by this event, and we are focused on caring for our pilot’s family and colleagues,” the airline said in a statement.

Passengers were place on another flight and reached Boston several hours later.

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