British Airways 777 diverted to St. Johns, Canada, due to pilot incapacitation. Three Boeing executives resign amidst safety concerns post-Alaska Airlines incident.

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A British Airways Boeing 777-200ER flying from New York-JFK to London-Gatwick (LGW) was forced to divert to St John’s in Newfoundland, Canada after one of the pilots became incapacitated. The flight, with flight number BA 2272, departed New York-JFK at 21:54 on March 14, 2024, for the seven-hour and 50-minute flight back to London, where it was due to land at 08:05 the following morning.

However, after around three hours of flying eastbound and with the aircraft cruising at 40,000ft and 440 nautical miles northeast of St. John’s, the crew declared an emergency, reporting that one of the flight crew was unable to continue in their duties. Upon further discussion between the crew and air traffic controllers based in Canada, the flight subsequently left its designated oceanic airway and turned back towards St John’s.

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Boeing announced on Monday that its CEO Dave Calhoun was resigning from his position at the aviation giant, and he wasn’t the only one leaving. Boeing chairman Larry Kellner would also not seek re-election as a board director, and Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, announced his retirement.

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CNN anchor John Berman called the triple resignation “a complete decapitation” while talking to CNN aviation correspondent Pete Muntean, who called the decisions “a really, really significant shakeup.” This was Muntean’s report:

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