Plane Diverted as Co-Pilot Passes Out

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Albuquerque: A United Airlines flight from Houston to San Francisco on Tuesday had to divert and made an emergency landing at Albuquerque, New Mexico, after the co-pilot fainted mid-air.

Albuquerque airport spokesman Dan Jiron says 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. The plane landed without incident around 8:20 a.m.

Jiron says 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 was aware of the diversion but didn’t immediately comment. Just a day ago an American Airlines captain became gravely ill while flying from Phoenix to Boston. He later died.

AP

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