Airline Captain Dies On Qatar Airways Flight QR645 – Plane Diverted to Kuala Lumpur

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An airline captain died on Qatar Airways Flight QR645 today after departing from the Philippines.  After the airline captain died aboard the flight, his experienced co-pilot successfully landed the Qatar Airways flight after it was diverted to Kuala Lumpur.

Tragedy took place today when an unidentified captain of Qatar Airways Flight QR645, suddenly died in mid-flight, according to Fox News.  Sources say that the 43-year-old captain complained of chest pains, and succumbed later aboard the flight.

BERLIN - MARCH 11: An air hostess of Qatar Airways smiles at the ITB - International International tourism fair (Internationale Tourismus Boerse) on March 11, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The ITB runs from March 11-15. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

However, the co-pilot calmly assumed control of the plane on course to the Qatari capital, Doha from Manila.  The co-pilot received instructions to divert the plane to the nearest airport for safety, and the passengers, seemingly unaware, were safely taken to Kuala Lumpur’s airport in Malaysia.  It landed safely at 11:35 a.m., where a crew was on standby to replace the brave crew, after the captain died on the Qatar Airways flight.

Qatar Airways began in 1994, and rapidly ascended to become one of the fastest growing airlines among peers.  It’s 92 routes are serviced by a fleet of 87 aircraft.  It has aggressive expansion plans through 2011.  Earlier this month, Qatar Airways celebrated its 5th anniversary of having Madrid flights, and is now the only Gulf carrier with routes to Barcelona, according to its website.

There is no word at this point on the cause of death of the airline captain that died on Qatar Airways Flight QR645, but all evidence points to a cardiac nature, due to reports of chest pains.

It is fortunate that the training and calmness weighed heavily in preventing a disaster mid-flight.  It is apparent that Qatar Airways takes training and the safety of its passengers, seriously.  As scary as it seems to hear that an airline captain dies aboard a flight, Qatar Airways explains that their first priority is that of its passengers and crew.

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