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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

North American Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Seattle

Posted by on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Seattle Herald:

Seattle, WA. July 10, 2008 – A North American passenger plane was forced to make a landing in Seattle after an incident in the cockpit, the airline said Tuesday. North American would not confirm media and passenger reports that the pilot immediately needed psychiatric care, forcing the plane to land at Sea-Tac.

Passenger Ron Carrier told the Seattle Herald that the pilot started to act distraught about two hours after the flight carrying 146 passengers departed St. Paul International Airport on route to Honolulu International Airport.

“He often yelled very loudly,” Carrier said, explaining that the pilot’s voice sounded sober. “When they attempted to put his shoes at one time, he just cursed, screamed, and threatened everyone around him,” Carrier said. “He was totally distressed. He really wanted to be alone and talk to God.”

According to eyewitnesses, the pilot was shackled by his ankles and handcuffed to a seat as the plane was forced to make an emergency landing.

Airline spokesman Philip Mayes said North American cannot provide details about personnel issues. He would only confirm that the co-pilot made the prudent decision to divert to Seattle shortly before 11 AM local time.

“The aircraft landed without incident,” Mayes said. “At no time was the safety of the passengers or crew in question." The FAA informed the Seattle Herald that it will be interviewing the flight crew and airline officials, though it seems that proper procedures were followed.



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Poor guy. This mental health incident will likely be the end of his career unless the union helps him. He would have been better off having a heart attack.
Posted by wxPDX on January 22, 2014 at 8:48 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 2
@1, I don't know how to break it to you.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on January 22, 2014 at 9:06 AM · Report this
fletc3her 3
I've never heard of North American Airlines. Apparently a charter plane company in bankruptcy.
Posted by fletc3her on January 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 4
Ambien. Or Jesus.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 22, 2014 at 9:24 AM · Report this
rob! 5
Three out of four, Charles. Congrats, I guess.
Posted by rob! on January 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM · Report this
The Herald stands to revolutionize local journalism.
Posted by d.p. on January 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM · Report this
Check the date, July 10, 2008. Google North American Airlines, non-existent. Global Aviation files for bankruptcy protection (owner of North American Airlines).
Posted by longwayhome on January 22, 2014 at 8:40 PM · Report this
seattlejenny 8
Just a plug for a film project. Got me. Looks interesting Charles, will check it out.
Posted by seattlejenny on January 23, 2014 at 3:59 AM · Report this

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