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Army Doctors Aid Mortally Ill Pilot As Flight Makes Emergency Landing (Video)

Captain Seattle-Bound United Airlines Flight Dies

Two Army doctors from Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Madigan Army Medical Center were onboard United Flight 1603 from Houston to Seattle when the pilot suffered a heart attack Thursday night. The doctors performed CPR on the pilot as the plane made an emergency landing in Boise, Idaho.

Jay Ebbeson, a spokesman for the hospital at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, told The Associated Press about the two Army doctors:

Ebberson says the two are captains and radiology residents who were returning to the base near Tacoma, Wash., from a medical course at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. They were unavailable Friday to talk about the incident, he said.

The pilot, 63-year-old Henry Skillern, was still alive when he arrived at the hospital, but passed away early Friday morning.

KOMO-TV reports:

The 161 passengers and six crew members remained in Boise for several hours while United officials worked to find another pilot. Officials eventually found a replacement captain and passengers arrived in Seattle just after midnight.

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