UNITED AIRLINES CO PILOT PASSES OUT
Posted on 10/07/2015
A United Airlines flight from Houston to San Francisco had to be diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico, after the co-pilot passed out. Air-traffic controllers got word shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday that the plane would be landing after the first officer, who is second in command, had a medical episode.
Albuquerque airport spokesman Dan Jiron said the plane landed without incident around 8:20 am. The co-pilot regained consciousness and was able to walk off the plane to be transported to a hospital. Jiron had no details about the co-pilot's condition or what may have caused the episode. United said it was working to get the plane's passengers to their destinations.
The incident occurred just a day after an American Airlines captain became gravely ill while flying from Phoenix to Boston. He later died.