Captain of Seattle-bound flight dies after heart attack

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 11:05 AM

BOISE, Idaho  -- The captain of a Seattle-bound United Airlines flight has died after having an apparent heart attack during the flight.

Flight 1603, which originated in Houston, made an emergency landing in Boise just before 8 p.m. Thursday.

United Airlines spokeswoman Christen David confirmed the captain died just before midnight.

The Ada County Coroner's Office identified the captain as Henry Skillern. The 63-year-old from Humble, Tex., died of Acute Myocardial Infraction.

Passengers say Skillern was pulled unconcious from the cockpit. They say a doctor along with two soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord who were on board performed CPR.

The passengers also say another person on board who trains 737 pilots took over as co-pilot while the original co-pilot took over as captain.

David says another pilot flew the original plane and 161 passengers to Sea-Tac Airport.

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