Alaska Airlines flight lands safely after pilot loses consciousness

Alaska Airlines flight lands safely after pilot loses consciousness

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Alaska Airlines flight lands safely after pilot loses consciousness

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 8:36 AM

PORTLAND -- An Alaska Airlines flight bound for Seattle was diverted to Portland late Thursday night after its pilot lost consciousness.

Alaska Airlines says flight 473 was on its way from Los Angeles to Seattle.

The plane was on autopilot when it happened. The first officer took over and diverted it to the nearest airport, which was Portland International Airport.

The plane landed safely around 9:00 p.m. Paramedics intercepted the plane on the runway and took the pilot to the hospital.

The captain has been flying for Alaska Airlines for 28 years. His condition is unknown at this time. 

The passengers were rebooked for a later departure to Seattle.

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