Airline pilot dies after heart attack on flight to Seattle

Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:06pm EDT

A United Airlines plane in a file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A United Airlines plane in a file photo.

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(Reuters) - The captain of a United Airlines jet who suffered an in-flight heart attack, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Boise, Idaho, has died, an airline spokeswoman said on Friday.

Seattle-bound United flight 1603, which took off from Houston with 161 passengers on board, landed safely and the pilot was rushed to a local hospital, Boise Airport spokeswoman Patti Miller said.

The pilot, whose name was not released, died as a result of the medical emergency, United spokeswoman Christen David said on Friday.

"I am sad to confirm that our co-worker passed away last night," she said. "Our thoughts are with his family at this time."

The Boeing 737 aircraft later continued on to Seattle, landing just after midnight local time, David said.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Scott Malone and Steve Orlofsky)

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Comments (2)
ralphos wrote:
This is not your captain speaking, If anyone can fly a plane I suggest you get your butt up here pronto.

Sep 27, 2013 10:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SKYDRIFTER wrote:
Condolences to the captain’s family.

The copilot earned his pay on that flight.

Sep 27, 2013 11:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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