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Originally published Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:40 PM

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Pilot issue leads Alaska Air flight to land in OR

An Alaska Airlines spokesman says a flight bound from Los Angeles to Seattle made an emergency landing Thursday night in Portland, Ore., after the pilot lost consciousness.

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PORTLAND, Ore. —

An Alaska Airlines spokesman says a flight bound from Los Angeles to Seattle made an emergency landing Thursday night in Portland, Ore., after the pilot lost consciousness.

Airline spokesman Paul McElroy says the pilot of Flight 473 lost consciousness at some point after the flight left Los Angeles about 6:30 p.m. The spokesman says the first officer landed the Boeing 737 safely in Portland.

Port of Portland spokesman Steve Johnson says the pilot was taken to a hospital.

KATU-TV reports there were 116 passengers and five crewmembers on the flight.

McElroy says the pilot has been flying for Alaska for 28 years and the first officer for 11 years.

Some passengers were booked on a Horizon Airlines shuttle flight. KATU reports that another flight crew was dispatched to fly the remaining passengers to their destination.

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Information from: KATU-TV, http://www.katu.com/

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