Earlier today Reuters had reported that a CSA Czech Airline (Skyteam) pilot passed away during a flight from Warsaw to Prague. No doubt this created a harrowing experience for all aboard. Fortunately the co-pilot landed the plane with out incident and all passengers are safe. Being of Slovak heritage this one hits a little closer to home than most airline stories. My condolences and sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues. VICNAJA PAMJAT…..

The Press Release From Reuters:

Feb 15 (Reuters) – A Czech Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Prague on Wednesday after the captain collapsed and died in mid-flight, the company said.

The ATR propeller aircraft on a regular flight from Warsaw to Prague with 46 passengers on board, landed under the control of the co-pilot and no one was injured.

“Safety of passengers was not threatened. The landing was conducted without complications by the second pilot,” the airline said in a statement.

“Unfortunately the life of the captain could not be saved,” the statement said. Czech Airlines is the state-owned Czech national carrier. (Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Roger Atwood)