Pilot Suffers Heart Attack, Makes Emergency Landing in Boise
Photo: Video by IdahoOnYourSide.com
A frightening moment for passengers aboard a united airlines flight from Texas to Seattle as crew scrambles to help pilot in cardiac arrest.
The pilot, sixty-three year old pilot Henry Skillern, suffered a heart attack, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing at the Boise Airport late yesterday evening.
Skillern felt the chest pains while flying over Idaho. His co-pilot made the quick decision to make an emergency landing in Boise to get Skillern medical help.
United flight 1603 landed in Boise Thursday night. Passengers on board say members of the flight crew kept their cool. They knew something wasn't right, but didn't know the pilot was having a heart attack.
"I just saw them working on the captain,” said passenger Bryant Migill. “I didn't see much other than that but i knew there was something wrong with the captain."
The crew asked passengers if there were any doctors on board. Two stepped up to help and ground crews rushed to have help ready when the plane landed.
"That's why have the co-pilot I guess,” said passenger Scott Hyed. "It was a good thing we got a good co-pilot."
An ambulance took Skillern to Saint Alphonsus Hospital where he died.
In the midst of the chaos, one passenger tweeted:
“Kudos to United for managing the incident of flight 1603 in such a professional way. We are now boarding and will be in Seattle soon.”
"They got us food when we landed,” said Migill. “They immediately took care of us and I'm very impressed with the airline."
By late Thursday night, passengers had their feet on the ground in Seattle.