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American Airlines pilot dies of heart attack during flight

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A pilot died early Monday morning while flying an American Airlines plane.

Captain Michael Johnston was flying from Phoenix to Boston when he suffered a heart attack. The co-pilot was able to safely land the plane.

Johnston had heart surgery several years ago; according to his wife, he was required to have a physical every six months to continue flying.

Johnston leaves behind eight children, and would have celebrated his 35th wedding anniversary in two weeks.

 

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