Flight makes emergency landing as pilot suffers heart attack

A passenger plane had to make an emergency landing in Russia after one of its pilots suffered a heart attack and later died.

The Aeroflot flight, which was en route from Moscow to the Black Sea resort of Anapa on Sunday, made an emergency landing at Platov International Airport in Rostov-on-Don.

An emergency landing was requested after the co-pilot, whose age has not been revealed, began to feel unwell.

The man received medical assistance from doctors on the ground once the plane had landed, but he died on the way to hospital.

“Everyone at Aeroflot is deeply saddened by our colleague’s death, and we extend our sincere condolences to his friends and loved ones,” the airline said in a statement.

Aeroflot added that the pilot had a clean medical history and had passed medical tests the day before the flight, in addition to an examination in the summer.

None of the passengers or other crew on board the plane was hurt during the emergency landing.

Aeroflot, which was founded in 1923, is one of the world’s oldest airlines; it is owned by the Russian state.