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[CNN]  An Alaska Airlines flight was diverted to Portland, Oregon, after the captain lost consciousness and the first officer was forced to take over, an airline spokesman said.

Passengers recounted stories of the pilot passing out:

Passengers recounted stories of the pilot passing out:. Photo: Wikipedia

The incident occurred Thursday night on Flight 473 from Los Angeles to Seattle, airline spokesman Paul McElroy said.

When the captain lost consciousness, the first officer took over and piloted the aircraft to the closest airport, he said.

A doctor on board the airplane treated the pilot until it landed in Portland and medical personnel arrived, he said.

The captain was likely suffering from food poisoning or the flu, Alaska Airlines said Friday. The condition of the captain was not immediately available, but he “is doing better today,” airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said.

There were 116 passengers and five crew members on board the plane, which landed in Portland without incident, according to the airline.

Read the full story at CNN online….


Tina Burnside, CNN
February 1, 2013


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[Yahoo News] Friday’s unimaginable massacre in Newtown, Conn., that left 28 people dead is still incomprehensible for many of us. As a nation, we mourn the loss of life and innocence, particularly of the 20 children from Sandy Hook Elementary School. Two of the young victims’ funerals will be held today, for Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner.

News of what JetBlue did traveled through Twitter and all over social media.

News of what JetBlue did traveled through Twitter and all over social media. Photo: Wikipedia

Noah’s family wanted letters from his friends and family buried with him, and now thanks to social media and the compassion displayed by one airline, the Pozner family’s wish will be granted.

On Sunday, Noah’s aunt, Victoria Haller, tweeted to Delta and JetBlue asking for help getting letters from her 5-year-old son, who lives in Seattle with her, to Connecticut in time for today’s funeral. Both airlines responded. Delta tweeted back a phone number to its cargo department. JetBlue tweetedHaller back asking for her number so they could get in touch with her.

Using the hashtag #LoveForNoah, Haller tweeted, “My friends at JetBlue really took a risk taking on this huge responsibility and we will all be eternally grateful. #LoveForNoah.” JetBlue quickly sprang to action and got the letters from Haller’s family onto the red-eye flight from Seattle to New York to make it to Noah’s funeral in time. JetBlue tweeted to Haller, “Again, we here at JetBlue find it a privilege and an honor to have been a part of this. #LoveForNoah from our family to yours!”

News of what JetBlue did traveled through Twitter and all over social media. People were impressed by the airline’s response and sent messages such as, “well done JetBlue” and “the smallest thing makes the biggest difference.”

The Trending Now team spoke with a JetBlue representative who confirmed Haller’s story. We hope that this act of kindness from JetBlue will help bring some sort of solace to Noah’s family…..

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17th Dec, 2012



[Daily Reporter] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — To say that the head of Dubai’s Emirates airline wears many hats is something of an understatement.

The company is expanding in the United States. It flies from Dubai to 6 American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September.

The company is expanding in the United States. It flies from Dubai to 6 American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September: Photo courtesy ukzambians.co.uk

Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum holds several government positions in the Gulf city-state, and is an uncle of Dubai’s ruler. He was appointed chairman of Dubai World in 2010 to oversee the troubled state conglomerate’s turnaround plan.

But it is role at the helm of Emirates airline for which Sheik Ahmed is best known. The University of Denver graduate became chairman of the newly formed airline in 1985, and later took on the job of CEO too.

Today he oversees one of the world’s fastest growing carriers, which boasts more than 120 destinations in 73 countries. Emirates Group, which includes the airline and related businesses, earned $1.6 billion in fiscal 2010. It expects to post another annual profit later this month.

The airline is a huge buyer of new airplanes, with standing orders for more than 230 jets. It operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s, and was one of the first carriers to use Airbus’ double-decker A380.

Emirates’ torrid growth means it is constantly adding new destinations. Some are exotic, such as recently added Lusaka, Zambia, and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, starting next month.

But the company is also expanding its reach in the United States. It now flies from Dubai to six American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September.

Two weeks ago, Emirates announced a new codeshare deal with New York-based JetBlue Airways. That arrangement will tack an Emirates code and flight number onto JetBlue flights from New York’s JFK airport to a dozen U.S. destinations, including Chicago and Boston.

Sheik Ahmed, 53, spoke with The Associated Press on Tuesday in Dubai. He talked about……

Read this great AP Interview and story in full at the Daily Reporter…..


ADAM SCHRECK  AP Business Writer
First Posted: May 01, 2012



An American passenger on an Emirates Airlines flight EK229 from Dubai to Seattle suffered a heart attack after complaining of feeling unwell,  and is now receiving medical treatment in Tehran after the plane diverted to Iran’s capital, the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

 Iran's civil aviation spokesman says an American is receiving medical treatment in Tehran after his plane was diverted to the Iranian capital when he suffered a heart attack on an emirates flight from Dubai to Seattle.

Iran's civil aviation spokesman says an American is receiving medical treatment in Tehran after his plane was diverted to the Iranian capital when he suffered a heart attack on an emirates flight from Dubai to Seattle.

The mid-air emergency occurred on Friday as the Emirates aircraft was in Iranian airspace.

Abbas Mosayebi, public relations chief for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, was quoted as saying, “Yesterday (Friday), an airplane belonging to the Emirates airline, flying from Dubai to Seattle and while passing over Iran’s airspace, contacted the control tower and announced that one of this flight’s passengers had suffered a heart attack,”

The plane landed at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini international airport and a medical team took the 52-year-old American to a hospital in the capital.

Mr Mosayebi added, “Despite international sanctions against the Iranian people which also endanger their lives, yesterday we helped an American citizen in our country”.

The Swiss embassy in Tehran, which handles US interests in the absence of Iran-US diplomatic ties, declined to confirm or deny the report to AFP, referring enquiries to US officials in Washington.

Mr Mosayebi’s office told AFP on Saturday that the American man was still in the Tehran hospital. It did not identify him. The Emirates website lists a flight, EK229, that goes from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to the U.S. west coast city of Seattle.

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By AFP, TEHRAN
Saturday, 14 April 2012