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United Airlines pilot dies after mid-flight heart attack

September 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The pilot of a United Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday died of a heart attack.

The pilot, identified as 63-year-old Henry Skillern of Humble, Texas, suffered a sudden heart attack during a flight from Houston to Seattle. He died after he was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The Boeing 737, carrying 161 passengers and a crew of six, made a safe emergency landing in Boise around 8 p.m. PT. Another pilot flew the original plane and passengers to Sea-Tac Airport, according to United spokeswoman Christen David.

Skillern had been a pilot with United Airlines for 26 years, David said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.