TODAY   |  September 27, 2013

Pilot dies after midair heart attack

A United Airlines flight bound from Seattle made an emergency landing Thursday after the pilot suffered a heart attack. An airline spokesperson confirmed Friday that the crew member has died, NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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a united airlines flight made an emergency landing last night when the pilot suffered a heart attack . tom costello is in washington with the details. good morning.

>> good morning. a hospital in boise says the pilot involved died after suffering a heart attack mid-flight. it diverted to boise after declaring an in light medical emergency . there was a doctor on board helping the patient and the co-pilot is heard telling controllers that they were doing chest compressions on the patient. they're not confirming that it was the pilot. paramedics transported the patient. all the passengers safe. but the hospital reporting the pilot died of an apparent heart attack .

>>> thank you.