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American Airlines jet lands safely after pilot dies

By Rebecca Black

An American Airlines passenger jet has landed safely in the US after the pilot died mid-flight.

He died during the overnight flight from Phoenix to Boston in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The flight, which carried 147 passengers and five crew, was diverted to Syracuse, New York. The airline said the co-pilot landed the jet at 7am local time.

A spokesman for the airline said they were incredibly saddened by the event.

"Unfortunately our pilot passed away. We are incredibly saddened by this event and we are focused on caring for our pilot's family and colleagues," he said.

Passengers said they felt a sharp drop and some turbulence before the co-pilot announced the captain was feeling unwell.

Passenger Louise Anderson said they had no idea what was going on.

"Airport security was waiting for us. They let us know that they were going to get another crew to fly us to Boston," she said.

The pilot's name and age have not yet been released, and the airline has not specified a cause of death.

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