Captain of Continental Flight 61 dies halfway across Atlantic

Posted on 18. Jun, 2009 by in Featured

Sadly a 60 year old Captain for Continental Airlines died today as Flight 61 crossed the Atlantic. Doctors onboard were quoted as saying it was a probable heart attack. The two First Officers on board, both 777 type rated Airline Transport Pilots (ATP), flew the aircraft seamlessly to Newark where it landed without the passengers even knowing what happened.

Would the outcome have been the same if the two First Officers were MPL (Multi Pilot License) holders? A MPL requires only 30 hours of actual flight time and 200 simulator hours. An ATP requires a minimum of 1,500 hours, 500 of which must be as aircraft commander. An MPL is cheap, and fast. But is it safe?

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