A newly-hired Envoy Air pilot collapsed Saturday just minutes after takeoff and was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after an emergency landing, reports Alex Berenson.

Captain Patrick Ford had just taken off from Chicago O’Hare Airport and was speaking with air traffic control when his voice suddenly stopped.

“Can I help you?” the controller asked anxiously.

“…3556, we need to return, captain is incapacitated,” Ford’s copilot Captain Brandon Hendrickson replied calmly, proceeding to smoothly land the plane.

Ford was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, though it is unclear if Ford’s body was unconscious or dead throughout the short flight.

“Despite heroic efforts to revive him, Captain in training, Patrick Ford, passed away,” Envoy Air Vice President of Flight Operations Ric Wilson said in a memo to the airline’s pilots. “We are deeply saddened by this loss.”

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