ITHACA, N.Y. — American Airlines Flight 550 made an emergency landing at Syracuse Hancock International Airport Monday morning after the pilot became ill and died, reports say.

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The Airbus A320 was flying from Phoenix to Boston with 147 passengers and five crew members aboard when the pilot became ill, reports. 

The first officer in the cockpit was able to safely land the plane around 7:10 a.m., USA Today reports. 

According to a transcript of a radio transmission posted on the website, the co-pilot said, “Syracuse, American 550, medical emergency, captain is incapacitated, request handling for runway.”

The recording also says an ambulance met the plane at the airport.

The plane was grounded for about four hours until another crew from Philadelphia was sent to Syracuse to complete the flight, reports say. 

The airline released a statement saying, “We are incredibly saddened by this event, and we are focused on caring for our pilot’s family and colleagues.”

The pilot’s name and the nature of the illness have not been released, according to USA Today. 

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