Pilot announces Queen’s death mid-flight.
British Airways flight crew members burst into tears when they heard the Queen had died, after the pilot made the announcement on the New York to Heathrow flight.
In a video taken by US passenger Michael Capiraso, 60, the pilot can be heard saying: “Elizabeth, the Queen, passed away earlier today with the family by her side, we have little more information than that at the moment.
“But I thought I should at least tell you that before you arrive at the terminal as I know many will be very, very sad about this.
“It will give you some time to reflect, as I say we have 40 minutes to landing. We’ll all be thinking about her family at this time.”
A flight attendant and a passenger standing next to each other can be seen in the video crying while they listened to the news.
Others can be hears sobbing off camera.
The royal family have often travelled on British Airways and the Queen visited the airline’s headquarters near Heathrow in 2019 as part of its centenary celebrations.
The Queen, at the age of 96 years, died at Balmoral in Scotland on Thursday afternoon.
Her son, now known as King Charles III, was official proclaimed as the monarch on Saturday.
Preparations are now underway for the Queen’s funeral, and includes a number of coded operations that are now in place as the United Kingdom continues to mourn as a nation.
— Michael Capiraso (@mcapiraso) September 9, 2022