Autopsy: Heart Attack Killed Continental Pilot

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Autopsy results conclude that heart ailments caused the death of a Continental Airlines pilot who died last month on a trans-Atlantic flight from Brussels to New Jersey.

An autopsy performed by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner's Office in Newark determined that Capt. Craig Lenell Sr., had cardiovascular disease and suffered a heart attack.

The 60-year-old Houston resident died June 18 aboard Continental
Flight 61. Two co-pilots took the controls and safely landed the Boeing 777 at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The autopsy was performed June 19. The Associated Press obtained
the report Wednesday through a freedom of information request.

Lenell's family has said they were unaware of any heart condition and that he underwent twice-a-year physicals.


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