Qatar Airways Captain dies of COVID-19


DOHA, QATAR – Qatar Airways Captain Wilhelm Harder from Menno, Paraguay, died last weekend in Qatar at the age of 56, due to complications of the coronavirus. In an internal memo sent to Qatar Airways staff, the pilot’s death was confirmed, but the cause of death was reported by the airline as a ‘recent illness.’

The ‘A Fly Guy’s Cabin Crew Lounge’ page on Facebook shared this special post in honor of Captain Wilhelm Harder, a true Sky Hero during this dreadful corona pandemic.

The Ambassador of Paraguay in Qatar confirmed to several media sources that the pilot had died after contracting the deadly COVID-19 virus, while working in Qatar for Qatar Airways Cargo.

Captain Harder had been flying for the airline from the Middle East for nearly 16 years. Since he started his career with the Qatari airline in 2004, Captain Harder had flown various types of aircraft, both Airbus and Boeing. Recently he was serving as a captain on the Boeing 747-8 cargo fleet.

A Qatar Airways Cargo B747-8F delivering cargo at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on March 28, 2020 during the corona crisis. Photo: © Jerry Taha

Captain Harder also flew for Skyservice Airlines in Canada and TAM in Brazil, before he flew for Qatar Airways.

Captain Harder spent his final days of life as a true Sky Hero – flying critical cargo flights around the globe on Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft, containing food and health care supplies.

We hope that Wilhelm’s loved ones will find support through our visit on his profile to view memories and celebrate his life:

In Loving Memory of Captain Wilhelm Harder, a true Sky Hero


(Head image: Facebook / A Fly Guy’s Cabin Crew Lounge)

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