BOISE, ID – Sadness in the skies. The captain on board a Houston-to-Seattle flight is dead after suffering a heart attack midair.
United Airlines says that 161 passengers were on board Flight 1603 when made an emergency landing in Boise, Idaho. Paramedics met the plane and rushed the pilot to the hospital, but it was too late.
Passengers waited at the Boise airport for another pilot to be flown in from San Francisco. Then the Boeing 737 then took off again and landed in Seattle just after midnight local time.
United has yet to release the pilot’s identify, citing privacy concerns.
We could say the pilot died doing what he loved, but those words are no doubt of any comfort to his grieving family.