On 24 November, a 49-year old Aeroflot pilot flying from Moscow Sheremetyevo to Anapa on flight SU1546 is believed to have suffered a heart attack.
An Airbus A320 of the Russian national carrier registered VP-BLH had to divert and make an emergency landing this morning to Rostov-on-Don, due to a pilot feeling unwell.
He is believed to have suffered a sudden illness while working, but help could only be given to the pilot on the ground (as no doctor was on this flight). However, he has been pronounced dead at Rostov.
A female passenger said: “A female flight attendant ran through the plane asking if there was a doctor because one of the crew members was feeling unwell.”
“Several minutes later we were told that the aircraft was performing an emergency landing.”
A source told news agency TASS the pilot “died during the landing“.
“Unfortunately it was not possible to resuscitate the pilot, he died in the ambulance. We express our sincere condolences to his family and friends”, an Aeroflot spokesman told RBC news outlet.
The preliminary cause of death was a heart attack or thrombosis.
The aircraft took off again later to Anapa with another pilot.
An investigation has been launched.