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Czech Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Dies

February 15, 2012

(Corrects to clarify that aircraft was a turboprop.)

Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- A Czech Airlines AS pilot died during a flight from Poland to Prague, forcing the copilot to land the turboprop aircraft.

“We called the paramedics when the plane landed, however, they weren’t able to save the captain’s life, which is tragic,” Hana Hejskova, a spokeswoman for the state carrier known as CSA, said by telephone, without commenting on the cause of death.

The fully laden ATR plane, made by the Avions de Transport Regional venture of European Aeronautic, Defense & Space Co. and Finmeccanica SpA, touched down without incident and there was no threat to the 46 passengers, Hejskova said.

The Czech captain died during flight OK-770 from Warsaw to Prague’s main Ruzyne airport, according to CSA. The plane landed at 12:02 p.m., Hejskova said in an e-mailed statement.

--Editors: Chris Jasper, Chad Thomas.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lenka Ponikelska in Prague at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James M. Gomez at

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