Pilot Loses Consciousness 'Somewhere Over Oregon'
Meanwhile, another flight was diverted due to an unruly passenger
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 1, 2013 8:05 AM CST
An Alaska Airlines 737-800 is seen at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

(Newser) – A pair of jets made emergency landings last night, in unrelated dramatic incidents. In one case, an Alaska Airlines jet bound for Seattle had to make an emergency landing in Portland, after its pilot lost consciousness "somewhere over Oregon," an airline spokesman tells the AP. A doctor on board tended to the pilot, who later regained consciousness, while the copilot landed the plane without him. The pilot was taken to the hospital, but there's no word yet on his condition.

Meanwhile, a cross-country JetBlue flight wound up landing in Denver due to what the airline called an "unruly customer onboard." Passengers tell KMGH-TV that the problem passenger was a 42-year-old woman seated in a "premium section" who got into a heated argument with the flight crew after they moved a man to her row because his TV didn't work; she thought he should have had to pay extra. A federal Air Marshall eventually intervened and grounded the plane. The woman was seen being led away by police, pulling her carry-on luggage behind her.

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Feb 12, 2013 11:16 PM CST
The need to institute the two doobie rule for pilots!
Feb 2, 2013 2:00 PM CST
Whoever answered this passenger's questions about someone ELSE'S fare needs some coaching. It's none of her business who else paid what else.
Feb 1, 2013 10:02 AM CST
She agreed to pay her fare when she bought her ticket. Whatever deal the airlines made with someone else was none of her business. If you go to a store and bargain management down on the price of something, that doesn't mean they have to refund money to everyone else who paid the original price without argument.