Southwest Pilot Replaced Mid-Flight After Suffering ‘Medical Emergency’

Charlotte-based American Airlines Airbus first officer Josh Yoder reported on Twitter that a Southwest pilot was replaced mid-flight after suffering a medical emergency.

A pilot had a medical emergency on a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Columbus, Ohio today. The pilot was removed from the flight deck when this occurred, according to a spokesperson for the airline, and a pilot from another airline who happened to be on board “assisted with radio communication” with the other Southwest pilot commanded the aircraft.

This incident was first reported on Twitter by Charlotte-based American Airlines Airbus first officer Josh Yoder.

The aircraft initially departed on schedule, flew out over Utah north of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, before returning to the gate in Las Vegas nearly two hours later. The 18 year old ex-China Eastern 737-700 finally departed again for Columbus at 11:02 a.m. – four hours and 22 minutes after originally-scheduled departure – and arrived in Columbus at 5:01 p.m.

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