37-Year-Old Alaska Airlines Pilot Dies Unexpectedly During Layover

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A 37-year-old Alaska Airlines pilot was reportedly found dead in his hotel room on Saturday. The President and Co-Founder of Freedom Flyers, Josh Yoder, was the first to reveal this shocking news.

“Im told a 37 year old Alaska Airlines pilot was found deceased in his hotel room on September 23 when he didn’t show up for his scheduled airport transportation,” Yoder wrote.

On Sunday, the Facebook group named “Alaska Airlines Flight Crew to Heaven” made a post regarding the passing of Eric McRae, a pilot based in Seattle.

From Facebook group page:

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It is with extreme sadness that I am sharing the loss of one of our own.

Seattle based Captain Eric McRae tragically passed away yesterday while on a layover. Though completely unexpected and untimely we have no reason to believe foul play was involved.

Eric’s ties to the Alaska Airlines family run deep. Eric was a proud father and shared two beautiful young children with his wife Chael, an Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant. His father is retired Alaska Captain Tom McRae.

Out of respect for Eric’s family’s need for peace and time to grieve, we will not be sharing any further details at this time. We will continue to support the family in every way we possibly can.

If / when a service is planned, we will communicate those details based on the family’s wishes.

Screenshot / Facebook Group Alaska Airlines Flight Crew to Heaven

William Makis has been tracking pilot incapacitations and deaths in 2023.

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