A British Airways pilot collapsed and died at the crew hotel shortly before he was due to captain a flight to London-Heathrow Airport (LHW)
According to The Sun the experienced pilot was due to fly an Airbus A321 from Cairo, in Egypt when he suffered from a heart attack.
The British Airways veteran was able to leave his room and seek support in the foyer of the hotel despite him experiencing cardiac arrest.
Colleagues of the pilot reportedly carried out CPR to help, but sadly he could not be resuscitated.
A source reportedly told the British publication: “It has rocked BA. It doesn’t bear imagining if he had suffered a heart attack at 30,000ft.”
The flight to London was subsequently delayed and the pilot was brought back to the UK in a Boeing 787.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was specially flown over by British Airways for the pilot as the Airbus was unable to accommodate the transportation of a coffin.
The man’s next of kin have been informed by British Airways according to reports.
“Our thoughts are with our colleagues’ friends and family at this very sad time,” British Airways said in a statement.