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Alaska Airlines plane lands safely in Portland, Oregon after pilot loses consciousness

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  1. Derg

    Derg Major Domo Staff Member

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    Alaska Airlines plane lands safely in Portland, Oregon after pilot loses consciousness

    An Alaska Airlines jetliner bound for Seattle made an emergency landing in Portland, Ore., Thursday night after the pilot lost consciousness, an airline spokesman said.

    The co-pilot landed Flight 473 safely after declaring an emergency to get priority care for the pilot, spokesman Paul McElroy said. All of the airlines' pilots are trained to fly single-handedly.

    The pilot lost consciousness "somewhere over Oregon," McElroy said, then later regained consciousness and left the cockpit. A doctor on board the flight tended to him in the cabin until the plane landed and was met by medical personnel on the runway.

    The pilot, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital but there was no immediate word on his condition, McElroy said.

    The Boeing 737-700 with 116 passengers and five crew members left Los Angeles about 6:30 p.m. and touched down in Portland at about 9 p.m. It had been due to arrive in Seattle at 9:30 p.m.

    McElroy says the pilot has been flying for Alaska for 28 years and was current on his six-month medical evaluation. The co-pilot is an 11-year Alaska Air veteran.

    On Jan. 22, the co-pilot on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Las Vegas fainted briefly, and the pilot requested emergency landing priority to get prompt medical assistance for him.

    "At this point we do not believe there was a connection between the two incidents," McElvoy said.

    Twenty passengers with a tight schedule for connecting flights were put on a Horizon Air shuttle flight to Seattle on Thursday night, the spokesman said.

    A new pilot was dispatched to Portland to fly the remaining passengers to Seattle on board the same plane.
     
  2. ChasenSFO

    ChasenSFO Keeper of the ramp.

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    Yikes, hope it wasn't anything serious and the guy doesn't run into major issues with his medical.
     
  3. Mark815

    Mark815 Well-Known Member

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    Cue "the copilot landed the plane all by himself!?" comments.
     
  4. Autothrust Blue

    Autothrust Blue Open the following circuit breakers, then reset...

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    Like, that's really scurry, like, almost as scurry as having to land without a controller. :D
     
  5. Beep

    Beep Well-Known Member

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    But..... how did he land the plane with out the PILOT up front?!?!
     
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  6. Jed1087

    Jed1087 Well-Known Member

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    Those planes practically land themselves, that's how.
     
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  7. Skåning

    Skåning Well-Known Member

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    So someone my paycheck and they'd faint too!
     
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  8. Inverted

    Inverted You can snap roll anything, once...

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    Maybe he's just a strong sleeper...

    In all seriousness I hope he is ok.
     
  9. TFaudree_ERAU

    TFaudree_ERAU Mashin' dem buttons

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    No age 60 comments yet? Impressive.
     
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  10. rframe

    rframe pǝʇɹǝʌuı

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    I would think his chance of holding a first class ever again is over, as is his career as a pilot...
     
  11. RookiePilot

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    Cue "the copilot landed the plane all by himself!?" comments.[/quote]


    All the "pilots" even the "Co-pilots" are trained to land by themselves.
    And i thought all they were good for was to pull the gear handle.
    Ha-ha ...
     
  12. JordanD

    JordanD Sizeable Member

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    Guy loses consciousness and his career is probably over, but thank god the Bobs can get to their meeting and go over their TPS reports! Business!
     
  13. DE727UPS

    DE727UPS Well-Known Member

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    I doubt his career will be over if he wants it back. It could be something that is easily treated. He will have some major hoops to jump through with FAA aeromedical but ALPA will stand by him and if he can earn his medical back I say more power to him.
     
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    Cptnchia Well-Known Member

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    matt152 Well-Known Member

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    With one hand tied behind the back.
     
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    Pasargad Well-Known Member

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    SurferLucas Southern Gentleman

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    In the past month, AS had an FO become incapacitated and made an emergency landing. ​
     
  18. Boris Badenov

    Boris Badenov I think you overestimate their chances.

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    You're all missing the best quote:

    Well, that's a relief!
     
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  19. Get-home-itis

    Get-home-itis Well-Known Member

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    How do we know that they didn't both have 'the fish'?
     
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  20. Boris Badenov

    Boris Badenov I think you overestimate their chances.

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    Where's Qutch?
     
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