LATAM 787 pilot dies in Panama after an emergency landing

On August 14, 2023, a LATAM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City after the pilot became ill and required emergency aid. The flight, with 271 passengers on board, was three hours into its journey from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Santiago in Chile when the pilot reportedly became incapacitated and required assistance from the flight crew.


According to Newsroom Panama, the Civil Aeronautical Authority of Panama received a call from Flight LA505 asking to enter Panamanian airspace and land at PTY. There were three pilots on board the flight, so the aircraft was able to land safely with two people at the controls. A spokesperson for LATAM said: “Latam Airlines Group reports that flight LA505 yesterday, which was on the Miami-Santiago route, had to land at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama, due to a medical emergency for one of the three members of the command crew”. When the plane landed, emergency services provided life-saving help, but the pilot sadly passed away.

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“We are deeply moved by what has happened and we extend our sincere condolences to the family of our employee. We are deeply grateful for his 25-year career and his valuable contribution, which was always distinguished by his dedication, professionalism, and dedication. During the flight, all the necessary safety protocols were carried out to safeguard the life of the affected pilot,” LATAM said.

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The aircraft eventually continued onto Santiago on August 15, 2023, at around 5:30 pm local time. This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the risks and challenges faced by pilots and crew members in their line of work.

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