DALLAS & FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allied Pilots Association President Capt. Keith Wilson issued the following statement regarding American Airlines Capt. Michael Johnston, who died while operating a flight from Phoenix to Boston during the early hours of Oct. 5:
“We continue to extend our thoughts and prayers to Capt. Johnston’s family. We are extremely sorry for their loss. We would also like to express our appreciation for the outpouring of public sympathy.
“The American Airlines first officer who subsequently diverted the aircraft to Syracuse, N.Y., has notified APA leadership that he has received requests for interviews from news media outlets. While we understand the interest in this story, we request that the first officer’s privacy be respected. In the view of the first officer and the APA leadership, our focus should remain on honoring Capt. Johnston and helping his family deal with their loss. Thank you for your understanding.”
Anyone wishing to help the family may do so by donating to the Michael Johnston Memorial Fund at the American First Credit Union, 1-800-999-3961.
Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) — the largest independent pilots’ union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is www.alliedpilots.org. American Airlines is the world’s largest passenger airline.