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BOSTON (CBS) – A red-eye flight from Phoenix, Arizona to Boston was diverted to Syracuse Monday morning after one of the pilots suffered a medical emergency and died.
American Airlines Flight 550 left Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport just before midnight and was scheduled to land at Logan Airport around 8 a.m.

A spokeswoman for the airline told WBZ-TV that one of the pilots became ill in mid-flight and the Airbus A320 was forced to land at Hancock Airport in Syracuse, New York just after 7 a.m.

The pilot died, the spokesperson said, but she would not say if he passed away during the flight or before it landed. He was not taken to a hospital. His name has not been made public and there’s no word yet on a cause of death.


The flight, which is also known as US Airways Flight 550, landed at Logan Airport at 12:30 p.m. There were 147 passengers on board.
Describing the incident to reporters in Boston, passengers said there was a quick descent, they felt some turbulence and then a member of the flight crew announced that the captain wasn’t feeling well.
The passengers described a hard landing in Syracuse and did not know at the time why they were there.
They said EMTs did not rush onto the plane, leading them to believe the pilot had died.

They did not know if he passed away in-flight or after landing.
The passengers praised the co-pilot who they said appeared calm during the entire incident.
“This is a terribly sad event and American Airlines is focused on caring for the pilot’s family at this time,” the airline spokeswoman said, “as well as the American Airlines staff and passengers on board the flight.”
No other information is available at this point in the investigation.
WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager contributed to this report. You can follow her on Twitter @HagerWBZ.
Report courtesy : CBS Boston



Sneak Peek Inside the Qatar Airways’ Qsuite Next Gen at Farnborough Airshow

Sneak Peek Inside the Qatar Airways' Qsuite Next Gen at Farnborough Airshow

As the Farnborough International Airshow 2024 unfolds, one of the most anticipated highlights has arrived: Qatar Airways’ unveiling of its Innovative Qsuite Next Gen.

This preview offers a tantalizing glimpse into the future of luxury travel, showcasing the next evolution of Qatar Airways’ renowned Qsuite. Known for setting the standard in premium cabin experiences, the new Qsuite promises to redefine business class comfort with cutting-edge design and technology.

Building on the success of its pioneering Qsuite, which redefined business class with its door-equipped suites, Qatar Airways’ new generation of Qsuite is poised to elevate the standard even further.

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The original Qsuite revolutionized long-haul travel by introducing a business class seat with a door, making privacy and comfort a new standard in the industry. Now, with the Qsuite Next Gen,



A standout feature of the Qsuite Next Gen is its redesigned Quad Suite, which is equipped with movable 4K OLED Panasonic Astrova IFE screens—a world-first for any airline. These state-of-the-art screens can be repositioned to the side, creating the largest social and productivity space in the sky.

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This setup allows for up to four passengers to enjoy a spacious and flexible environment in the Quad Suite, while the Companion Suite accommodates up to two passengers.

The Qsuite Next Gen will be introduced on Qatar Airways’ Boeing B777-9 aircraft starting in 2025. This new suite configuration not only includes innovative window dual suites but also features a unique combination of quad, duo, and companion suites, each designed with the latest technologies for increased passenger convenience and connectivity.

Customization options are abundant, with enhanced ambient lighting, privacy controls, and upgraded touchscreen Passenger Control Units that offer a more personalized experience.

One notable change in the Qsuite Next Gen is the integration of the TV screens into the suite’s barrier system. Instead of traditional dividers that need to be lowered, these screens serve as part of the barrier and can be folded away when not in use.

However, Qatar Airways has confirmed that these advanced seats will not be retrofitted onto older aircraft. As Qatar Airways continues to evolve its fleet, the airline is focusing on reducing the number of non-Qatar-branded leased aircraft and phasing out the oldest models.

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With the Airbus A350 back in service and a commitment to modernizing its fleet, Qatar Airways is well-positioned to enhance its business class offering and deliver an unparalleled travel experience.

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