- Nov 25, 2004
Very sad news.
A trail-blazing New Zealand pilot has died after suffering a medical episode minutes after landing a Dreamliner plane full of passengers at an Australian airport.
Ann Barbarich, a pilot with Air New Zealand for 27 years and one of the first women pilots to work for the carrier, is suspected of suffering a brain aneurysm moments after the Air New Zealand flight from Auckland landed in Perth on Sunday.
One of the three other pilots in the coughpit at the time took control of the plane, taxiing it to the gate, while the others went to her aid.
Two doctors were then rushed on board, and Captain Barbarich was taken to the Royal Perth Hospital.
She died two days later, with her family by her side.
Air New Zealand flew the family - husband Michael Bacher and her two children - from Auckland to be with her, the airline confirmed.