Alaska Airlines Plane Takes Off with Ramp Agent in Cargo Hold
An Alaska Airlines flight departing Seattle took off while a ramp agent was still in the cargo hold on Monday.
Alaska Airlines Flight 448 pushed back from the gate at 2:24 p.m. local time, one minute early, and departed Seattle-Tacoma International Airport bound for Los Angeles at 2:39 p.m. The plane returned to the airport after the pilot heard banging coming from beneath the deck of the aircraft.
The captain immediately declared an emergency for priority landing and the plane landed safely after having been aloft for 14 minutes. It returned to the gate at 3:02 p.m.
After touching down, airport employees discovered a ramp agent in the front cargo hold, which the airline said is pressurized and temperature controlled.
In a statement, Alaska said that the agent appeared “OK” after the flight and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
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