February 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Flu or food poisoning blamed in Alaska pilot’s collapse
Doctors suspect food poisoning or a flu virus caused an Alaska Airlines captain to pass out on a Seattle-bound flight last night, according to an airline spokesman.
The pilot, a 28-year veteran with the airline, was treated at a hospital last night, but has since been released and “his condition has greatly improved,” said spokesman Paul McElroy
The airline is not releasing the captain’s name, age or hometown out of respect for his privacy.
The incident occurred on Flight 473 from Los Angeles to Seattle. McElroy said the plane was on autopilot at cruising altitude north of Eugene, Oregon, when the pilot got out of his seat, became dizzy and fainted. A doctor who happened to be on board assisted him.
The copilot was able to safely make an emergency landing at Portland. Passengers were put on other flights to Seattle.
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