Mandarin Airlines pilot dies of illness before flight from Vietnam to Taiwan

A Mandarin Airlines plane.

A Mandarin Airlines plane. (By CNA photo)

Taipei (CNA) - A pilot for Mandarin Airlines died Wednesday after he became ill as his flight was preparing to depart from Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City for Taichung, the carrier's parent company, China Airlines (CAL), said Wednesday.

The pilot was rushed to hospital, where efforts to save his life were unsuccessful.

The flight was delayed for more than six hours as a result of the incident, according to CAL.

Mandarin Airlines leased the Boeing B737-800 aircraft and crew from CAL.

CAL said flight AE-1858 was originally set to depart at 11:20 a.m. but the pilot began feeling unwell after the passengers had boarded.

An investigation into the cause of death was still ongoing.

The flight was postponed until 5:45 p.m., according to CAL. (By Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao)