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Alaska Airlines makes sudden emergency landing after pilot passes out

By Mason White 1:10 PM February 3, 2013
Alaska Airlines 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A commercial aircraft was forced into an emergency landing after the pilot suddenly passed out mid flight, according to press reports in New York.

It is always a good idea to keep the tray tables in their upright and locked position because you never know when an unconscious pilot will accelerate the flight and throw down your junk.
An aircraft was required to perform an emergency landing Thursday after a mid air mishap threatened to turn the flight into turbulence. The pilot passed out in the hallway when he was supposed to be flying the plane in the cabin.

The pilot of Flight 473 of Alaska Airlines, from Los Angeles to Seattle, opened the cabin door and collapsed in the hallway in front of the passengers.
“The stewardess was going up and down the aisle saying, any paramedics, doctors, nurses, someone who can come help,” one passenger said.

The co-pilot took control of the aircraft and safely returned the plane with 116 passengers and five crew to land in an emergency landing at the Portland International Airport, just after 9:00 pm local time, according to Alaska Airlines.
An ambulance took the pilot, who has been flying with the airline for 28 years, to a nearby hospital.

An airline spokesperson said the pilot suffered from a medical condition, but, citing company policy, declined to be more specific.
Another crew came and brought the passengers to Seattle in the same plane later that night.

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