The pilot was on board United Airlines flight 1603 heading to Seattle, Wash. when he had the heart attack. He passed out shortly before 8 p.m. The flight then made an emergency landing in Boise, Idaho, where the pilot was rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. The pilot passed away at some point during the night. The 161 passengers that were on the flight were switched to another plane and reached the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport early Friday, reports The New York Daily News.
“I am sad to confirm that our co-worker passed away last night,” a United Airlines spokeswoman told ABC News. “Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”