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Air NZ pilot suffered brain aneurysm moments after landing

An Air New Zealand female pilot has died after suffering a suspected brain aneurysm minutes after landing a plane.

Ann Barbarich had flown for Air NZ for 27-years and was one of the first female pilots employed by the airline.

She suffered the brain aneurysm moments after her flight from Auckland to Perth landed on Sunday. Three extra pilots were on board at the time as part of a training programme, and one took control and guided the plane safely to the gate.

Ms Barbarich was rushed to Royal Perth Hosptal but died two days later, with her family next to her.

Air NZ flew Ms Barbarich's husband and two children from Auckland to be with her.

"Ann will be sadly missed by everyone at Air New Zealand," said David Morgan, chief flight operations and safety officer for Air NZ.

Source: 1 NEWS


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