Local man helped flight when pilot died

June 19, 2009 7:50:34 AM PDT
The pilot of a Continental Airlines flight from Brussels to Newark died over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, but the jet landed safely with a co-pilot and a relief pilot at the controls. Action News has learned that Jeff Titus of Upper Macungie, Pa. was one of the crew members who helped control the plane.

According to neighbor Rob Cappeluzzo, Titus has been flying with Continental for about 20 years, and frequently flies the Boeing 777 on international flights to and from Europe.

"It's pretty shocking, I'm sure it wasn't a pleasant experience," Capeluzzo said. "We were just talking the other day, and he pretty concerned about the Air France flight that went down."

"That was weighing heavy on his mind, now this happens! I'm sure he's a wreck over it," Capeluzzo continued.

Whether Titus was the co-pilot or the relief pilot of the flight was not clear.

The only inkling passengers had that something was wrong on the Continental Airlines flight over the Atlantic Ocean was when an announcement came over the loudspeaker asking if there was a doctor on board.

Otherwise, flight attendants continued to serve snacks. Passengers read magazines and watched movies. And the flight kept on its schedule.

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