A 56 year old LATAM pilot who has been identified as Ivan Andau collapsed and died in the lavatory of a LATAM Boeing 787 Dreamliner flying from Miami to Chile, forcing his two co-pilots to make an emergency landing in Panama City.
Iván Andaur, was piloting flight LA505 from Miami International Airport to Santiago on Sunday night when he started to feel unwell and collapsed in the toilet.
Two co-pilots took control of the aircraft and landed at Tocumen International Airport, where paramedics provided first aid to Andaur, but he was pronounced dead.
A registered nurse, identified only as Isadora on social media, said she joined another nurse and two doctors in an attempt to revive the pilot after he suffered symptoms related to cardiac arrest.
While she says the crew did their utmost to try and help, she claims the improvised medical team did not have ‘necessary or sufficient supplies’ to resuscitate him.
‘Unfortunately, we did not have the necessary or sufficient supplies to perform a good resuscitation,’ Isadora said.
‘LATAM needs to improve the issue of protocol in case of health and medical emergencies like this where lives can be saved but the resources are needed.’
It is not clear what supplies Isadora was referring to. LATAM has been contacted for comment.
Who was Ivan Andau?
Andaur was a Chilean Air Force pilot before he joined LATAM.
He was married to Veronica Andaur, who passed away in 2017.
The couple were parents to a daughter, Sofia Andaur.