Pilot dies on flight arriving at Albuquerque Sunport - Albuquerque Journal

Pilot dies on flight arriving at Albuquerque Sunport

An American Airlines pilot died after having a medical episode on a flight landing at the Albuquerque International Sunport on Wednesday afternoon, according to the company.

“American Airlines is deeply saddened by the death of first officer William “Mike” Grubbs,” said a spokeswoman for the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier. “We’re taking care of first officer Grubbs’ family and colleagues and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time.”

Sunport spokesman Daniel Jiron said American Airlines Flight 1353 had departed from Dallas-Fort Worth for Albuquerque. Around 3:45 p.m., a few minutes before landing, the captain of the Boeing 737-800 declared a medical emergency, he said.

“They landed without incident, taxied to the gate, and were met by medical personnel,” Jiron said.

About an hour later, the Office of the Medical Investigator was called to the scene, meaning the person had died.

Jiron said there was no impact on the airport itself and the passengers on the flight were OK.

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