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Continental Airlines

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flight landed safely in Newark airport after the captain died mid-flight.

Continental flight 61 with 247 passengers was on its way from Brussels and made an emergency landing in Newark under the control of two co-pilots.

The pilot, 61, was based in Newark and had worked for Continental for 21 years, the airline said in a statement.

Shares of the airline are down by 5%, to $9.15, in afternoon trading.

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