By Danielle | Aug 20, 2023
According to reports, three pilots have tragically died this week.
The three pilot deaths occurred August 14th, August 16th, and August 17th.
“The first tragedy occurred when 56-year-old Captain Ivan Andaur collapsed and died in the lavatory of LATAM Flight LA505 from Miami to Santiago,” WLTReport noted.
A pilot died in the bathroom of a LATAM Boeing 787 while flying from Miami to Chile.
As soon as the co-pilots discovered the pilot died, they quickly enacted an emergency landing in Panama.Advertisement
The pilot was identified as 56-year-old Ivan Andaur and according to a nurse on board who attempted to revive him, Andaur died of symptoms related to cardiac arrest.
LATAM Airlines in a statement wrote “On August 14, 2023, flight LA505 (Miami – Santiago) diverted to Tocumen International Airport in Panama due to a medical emergency of one of the three members of the crew in command. Unfortunately, after landing and receiving further medical assistance, the pilot passed away.”
The Times of India shared details:
A senior pilot – who had operated SpiceJet’s inaugural flight in 2003 and was currently working with Qatar Airways – died while flying as a passenger from Delhi to Doha on Wednesday morning. The Qatar Airways flight, QR 579, diverted to Dubai due to the medical emergency when the pilot, 51, fell ill onboard. However, he could not be saved.
“The pilot had worked with Alliance Air and spent 17 years in SpiceJet. He had operated SpiceJet’s first flight, Delhi-Ahmedabad, on May 23, 2005. Last year he had joined Qatar Airways where he was flying the Boeing 777,” SpiceJet sources said.
A long time colleague said, “He was very fit and his untimely demise has come as a big shock for everyone who knew him.”
According to US Freedom Flyers President Josh Yoder, “pilots for most Middle East carriers were mandated to take 3 shots.”
I just finished a call with a pilot connected to the deceased pilot on flight QR579. During that conversation I learned of another pilot who died suddenly during the taxi sequence on a different flight. Management at Qatar and Emirates Airlines are investigating the increase in… https://t.co/wHiAeCwNlF
— Josh Yoder (@JoshYoder) August 16, 2023
Tragically, another Indian pilot died the following day.
“IndiGo Pilot (40 years old) who was to operate flight (NAG-PNQ) Nagpur to Pune, India, fell unconscious & collapsed at boarding gate, was declared dead at hospital! Pilot identified as 40 year old Manoj Subramanium,” Makis said.
BREAKING NEWS: 3rd PILOT has died suddenly!
(3rd pilot death this week, 5 pilot collapses in total)
— William Makis MD (@MakisMD) August 17, 2023
The Times of India covered the story:
An IndiGo pilot who was to operate a flight from Nagpur to Pune fell unconscious and collapsed at the boarding gate on Thursday. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead, said sources.
This is the third case of sudden death involving pilots this week, with two of the deceased being Indian pilots.
“This is the third pilot who has died suddenly this week alone,” Yoder said.
Airline pilot collapses at the boarding gate just prior to operating a flight. This is the third pilot who has died suddenly this week alone. @USFreedomFlyers @LTCTheresaLong @DocPeteChambers @annvandersteel @USFreedomFlyers https://t.co/Pp3EEx3c8l
— Josh Yoder (@JoshYoder) August 17, 2023
The trend of airline pilots suffering medical episodes has continued since the rollout of the experimental COVID-19 injections.
WLTReport has followed the trend and reported on pilot incapacitations.