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Pilot's Heart Attack Prompts Emergency Landing

Meanwhile, British pilots busted for falling asleep
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2013 1:14 PM CDT
Pilot's Heart Attack Prompts Emergency Landing
In this May 20, 2013 file photo, a United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James Nielsen, File)

(Newser) – A United Airlines flight on its way to Seattle had to make an emergency landing in Boise after its pilot suffered an apparent heart attack, which turned out to be fatal. A doctor and military personnel on board attempted to save the pilot's life, while another passenger—an off-duty United pilot—stepped in to help land the plane, the AP and NBC News report. The pilot was still alive when the plane touched down, but died overnight at the hospital.

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In other terrifying news involving a cockpit, reports broke in the British press yesterday about an incident in which two British pilots both fell asleep while flying an Airbus A330. The two had been taking turns napping during the flight last month, but eventually they both conked out, CBS News reports. When one finally awoke and then woke the other, they reportedly had no idea how long they'd been out. The plane was on autopilot throughout the nap. (Read more pilot stories.)

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