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An American Airlines co-pilot died in the cockpit as his plane was preparing to land


An American Airlines co-pilot died as the plane was coming in for a landing in New Mexico Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The captain announced a medical emergency over the intercom when Flight 1353 was just two miles from Albuquerque, the  New York Daily News reported. The plane left Dallas just before 3 p.m. William "Mike" Grubbs collapsed in the cockpit as the crew prepared to land.

Once on the ground, Grubbs received CPR for nearly 40 minutes before being pronounced dead.

We're taking care of First Officer Grubbs' family and colleagues and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time.
American Airlines spokeswoman

The plane landed safely. Medics quickly boarded the plane but were unable to revive Grubbs. 

In 2015, American Airlines Capt. Michael Johnston died after falling ill on a flight from Phoenix to Boston. A co-pilot was able to land the plane safely, the Daily News reported.

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