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Duke U. Professor Dies in Flight, Passenger Makes Emergency Landing

Duke U. Prof Dies in Flight, Passenger Lands Joseph Izatt, a distinguished Duke University professor, tragically passed away following a midair medical crisis while piloting a single-engine airplane. This incident occurred over North Carolina on April 7, 2024. Izatt was not only piloting the aircraft but also suffered the emergency that led to his untimely death. During the flight, a passenger heroically took control of the plane and managed a successful emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The specifics of what caused Izatt’s medical emergency remain unclear.

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