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CityRoom is reporting on the death of a Continental Airlines pilot who died mid-flight while operating a Boeing 777 aircraft. The pilot, whose name has not be released, was 61 years old and apparently died of natural causes.

The plane was able to land safely with all 247 passengers at Newark International Airport after two first officers took control of the plane.

I wonder if the crew has to tell the passengers that their pilot died when something like this happens. Or does the crew just keep it amongst themselves to prevent panicked passengers?