Longtime Pilot Collapses and Dies in Hotel – He Was Due to Captain a Packed Jet Shortly After Incident

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A man described as a veteran British Airways pilot collapsed and died just before he was scheduled to captain an international flight.

The Sun reported Saturday that the pilot was stricken in his hotel room in Cairo, Egypt, but made his way to the lobby before collapsing.

Bystanders reportedly attempted CPR, to no avail.

The man was part of a crew preparing to fly a passenger jet from Cairo to London. He had “suffered from ill health in recent months,” according to the report.

The flight was rescheduled, but “passengers were oblivious to the reason behind their wait.”

The incident has “rocked [British Airways],” a source told the Sun. “It doesn’t bear imagining if he had suffered a heart attack at 30,000 ft.”

A statement from British Airways said, “Our thoughts are with our colleagues’ friends and family at this very sad time,” according to the Sun.

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