Pilot's Heart Attack Prompts Emergency Landing

A Seattle-bound flight had to touch down in Idaho after pilot was stricken.
1:58 | 09/27/13

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Scary moments in the skies. A united airlines flight forced to land mid flight after the pilot suffered a medical emergency while flying. David kerley is at reagan national airport with the latest on all this. Good morning, david. Reporter: This emergency landing declared because of one of the pilots who apparently suffered a heart attack in flight. Overnight, drama in the skies. We got a man down. Chest compressions going on right now. Can an ambulance and maybe some air stairs, meet us on the runway. United 1603, we'll get that going. Reporter: The united airlines flight bound for seattle, makes an emergency landing in boise. The pilot suffering an apparent heart attack. Knowing time is essential, the co-pilot, with 161 passengers onboard from houston, asked to immediately pull off the runway for help. He's going to stop on the runway. And then, they'll bring the stairs out to him. Smoky 7, smoky 9, and engine 7 will proceed to taxiway alpha. Reporter: Flight crews are trained to handle this type of emergency. The pilots are treated with the same standard. The main problem is to take care of the pilot who is having the problem. Reporter: A problem that other pilots in the air are hearing unfold. What was going on with united? A medical emergency. Their captain. That's never good. Nope. Reporter: United airlines tells abc news, the flight landed safely. And paramedics met the plane upon arrival and transported the crew member to the hospital. Passengers onboard said the airline did a good job. One man tweeting, kudos to united for managing the incident of flight 1603 to seattle in such a professional way. We are now boarding and will be in seattle soon. Unfortunately, the hospital in boise tells abc news that the pilot died. That pilot's family has been notified. Josh? David, we are certainly thinking of that pilot's family today. Thank you for that.

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