An American Eagle’s pilot died after fainting during take off from Chicago O’Hare Airport

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An American Eagle flight operated by Envoy Air had to return to Chicago shortly after takeoff Saturday night after one of the pilots became incapacitated and subsequently died, the company said Tuesday.

Flight 3556, operated by an Embraer E175, returned to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport at 7:57 p.m. local time, 37 minutes after departing for Columbus, Ohio.

American Airlines recorded highest quarterly revenue in its history.

“We need to return. Captain is incapacitated,” the co-pilot told air traffic control just seconds after taking off from Chicago’s international airport. The plane landed safely a short time later.

“Despite heroic efforts by those on board and first responders on the ground, our colleague passed away at the hospital,” Envoy Air said in a statement.

There were 57 people on board, including passengers and crew members.

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