Pilot Of United Plane Suffers Fatal Heart Attack In Flight

BOISE, Idaho (September 27, 2013)—A United Airlines pilot who suffered a heart attack during a flight from Houston to Seattle, forcing a landing in Boise, Idaho, later died, a hospital said.

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Jennifer Krajnik said Friday the man died overnight at the hospital.

United spokeswoman Christen David said early Friday morning in an e-mail that the man was the captain of the flight, who was later identified as Henry Skillern, 63, of Humble.

United Flight 1603 with 161 passengers was en route to Seattle when the medical emergency led to the landing at around 8 p.m. in Boise.

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

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