Hospital says pilot who diverted flight because of heart attack dies

Sept. 27, 2013 at 8:39 AM

BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The pilot who reportedly had a heart attack that forced an emergency landing of a United Airlines flight in Boise, Idaho, died, a hospital representative said.

Once the Boeing 737 landed at the Boise Airport Thursday evening, the 161 passengers aboard United Flight 1603 were evacuated. Paramedics then boarded the aircraft to remove the pilot and transport him to the hospital, KTVB-TV, Boise, reported Friday.

The flight originated in Houston and was bound for Seattle. Passengers eventually were flown to Seattle after a pilot was deployed from San Francisco to take over the flight, Boise airport officials said.

Once the airplane landed in Seattle, passengers told a local television crew they were diverted to Boise because the pilot had suffered a heart attack.

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