United Jetliner Makes Emergency Landing In Boise

By: CBS, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: CBS, Posted by Chris Fisher
A spokeswoman says a medical emergency among the crew of a Seattle-bound United Airlines flight prompted an emergency landing in Boise.

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BOISE, IDAHO A spokeswoman says a medical emergency among the crew of a Seattle-bound United Airlines flight prompted an emergency landing in Boise.

Boise airport spokeswoman Patti Miller says an apparent heart attack on United flight 1603 prompted the emergency landing just before 8 p.m. on Thursday. The flight originated in Houston and was headed to Seattle.

Miller says initial reports said the flight's captain suffered the heart attack. But United Airlines spokeswoman Christen David says it was a member of the crew on the Boeing 737 who had a medical emergency. She says paramedics met the flight and took the crew member to the hospital.

CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV reports several passengers were told it was the captain. The crew asked for a doctor and at least two people responded. Passengers then saw CPR being administered.

Passenger Scott Hyde told KIRO, "It was the pilot, it was the captain," who had the heart attack, and that crews informed passengers later that the pilot was "doing OK" but "not out of the woods."

Passenger Jeff Moehlenbruck credited a radiologist for stepping in. He said the crew announced a "minor emergency."

The plane then continued on to Seattle, the carrier says.

David said there were 161 passengers and six crew members on board.


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