Copilot suffers medical episode on flight to Las Vegas

Molly Waldron

Copilot suffers medical episode on flight to Las Vegas

CREATED Jan. 22, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A copilot on a flight to Las Vegas suffered a medical episode Tuesday evening. 

Alaska Airlines Flight 606 was traveling from Seattle to Las Vegas with 146 passengers on board when the copilot fainted and lost consciousness 25 minutes before landing.

According to Alaska Airlines, the crew asked for medical assistance on board and a doctor who was on the flight came forward to check on the copilot. He was evaluated and did not resume flying.

The captain issued an emergency for priority landing at the nearest airport, which happened to be McCarran International Airport, the flight's original destination.  The captain landed the plane without incident just before 5:30p.m.

The copilot exited the plane on his own before passengers were allowed off.

First officers are required to have an annual medical evaluation, and it is confirmed that this officer did have one within the last year.

The copilot was taken to a hospital to be checked out. There is currently no information on his age or condition.

Action News will update this story as new information becomes available.

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