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United Airlines flight diverted after co-pilot falls unconscious

The co-pilot was unconscious but stable, an airport spokesman said.

By Ed Adamczyk
United Airlines flight diverted after co-pilot falls unconscious
United Airlines Flight 1614, traveling from Houston to San francisco, was diverted to Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday after its co-pilot lost consciousness. File photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

ALBUQUERQUE, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A United Airlines flight from Houston to San Francisco landed safely in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday morning after the co-pilot became ill.

The unidentified co-pilot of United's Flight 1614 lost consciousness while the plane was in the air, said Dave Giron, spokesman for the Albuquerque International Sunport, the city's airport. The plane landed at 8:20 a.m., he added, with the co-pilot unconscious but in stable condition.

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"The crew followed procedures and the aircraft landed safely. We are working to get our customers to their final destinations," an airline statement said.

The incident follows the death of an American Airlines pilot Monday, who had a medical emergency and died during a flight from Phoenix to Boston.

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