A pilot passes out causing an Alaska Airlines plane to divert according to NBC News. On Feb. 1 it was reported that a flight from Los Angeles to Seattle was diverted to Portland after one of the pilots lost consciousness. The Boeing 737 landed safely at Portland International Airport on Thursday.
"The plane landed safely at 9:05 p.m. local time (12:05 a.m. ET Friday) and paramedics took the pilot to the hospital, airline spokesman Paul McElroy said" (via NBC News). It is unknown exactly what happened to the pilot but the report does say that he was ill. A doctor on board was able to care for the pilot until the plane landed.
When a pilot passes out during a flight, it can be very frightening for passengers and crew members. There were 116 passengers and 5 crew members on board. The first officer flew the plane. He has been flying with Alaska Airlines for 11 years. He was able to safely land the plane and stay focused despite the scary situation that was unfolding.
Many passengers were re-accommodated and were able to board other flights to get to Seattle. An update on the pilot's condition has not been released. Speculation suggests that he may have had a heart attack. However, no rumors have been confirmed.
Although the pilot passed out, he is expected to be okay. He has been with Alaska Airlines for 28 years.
© Effie Orfanides 2013