A rare incident happened when the Boeing 787 Dreamliner of LATAM airline (Brazil) was flying from Miami – USA to Santiago – Chile on the evening of August 13 (local time).
The unfortunate captain is Mr Ivan Andaur, 56, and has over 25 years of experience with both commercial and military aircraft.
Sheet Independent (UK) reported on 17 August that Mr Ivan Andour initially felt unwell, so he left the driver’s seat. Thereafter, he went to the toilet and fell unconscious in it. Immediately, the two co-pilots contacted the aircraft to make an emergency landing at Tocumen International Airport, the capital of Panama (Republic of Panama).
According to the report, “The 271 passengers aboard flight LA505 were the first to learn of the sudden death of Captain Ivan Andour when the plane made an emergency landing at Tocumen International Airport.” Sheet Independent.
Captain Ivan Andaur died suddenly on the night of August 13 on a flight from the US to Chile. Photo: Daily Mail/Facebook
Prior to joining LATAM, Mr. Andaur was a pilot in the Chilean Air Force. Medical staff at Tocumen airport confirmed that he died before the plane made an emergency landing.
“LATAM Airlines announces that flight LA505 from Miami – USA to Santiago – Chile will have to land at Tocumen International Airport in Panama” – the Brazilian airline said on August 14 – “This is because one of the airline’s 3 pilots had to be given first aid. When the plane landed, medical staff provided immediate assistance but the pilot did not survive.
The airline also expressed its condolences to Andaur’s family. “We are extremely grateful to Mr. Ivan Andaur for his valuable contributions during his 25-year career with professionalism and responsibility,” the announcement said.
Captain Iván Andour served in the Chilean Air Force prior to joining LATAM. Photo: Daily Mail/Facebook
sheets left daily Mail (England) quoted a nurse on the flight named Isadora as saying that she, along with another colleague and two doctors, tried to give Mr Andour emergency treatment after he had symptoms related to cardiac arrest.
The crew did their best to help, but the crew did not have enough medical equipment to revive the captain. Nurse Isadora said: “LATAM needs to improve its rapid response to medical emergencies like this.”
The LATAM flight departed Panama on 15 August and continued its journey to Chile.