Pilot on flight from Miami to Chile dies after mid-flight medical emergency

MIAMI – A flight from Miami International Airport to Chile’s capital diverted to Panama City after one of its pilots suffered a mid-flight medical emergency and later died.

LATAM Airlines Flight 505, from Miami to Santiago, diverted to Tocumen International Airport to seek treatment for the pilot, but the pilot died after landing in Panama, the airline said.

“LATAM Group is deeply saddened by this event and takes this opportunity to express our most sincere condolences to the family of our employee,” the airline said in a statement. “We are thankful for his 25 years of service to LATAM, distinguished by his dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm.”

The airline did not name the pilot.

“With regards to our passengers, LATAM regrets the inconveniences that resulted from this unforeseen event,” the airline said.