A middle-aged woman died on a San Francisco-bound flight that made an emergency landing in Billings on Saturday.
Billings Logan International Operations Supervisor Mike Glancy confirmed a woman experienced a medical issue during the flight from Chicago.
The United Airlines flight diverted to Billings around 10 p.m.
Pilots alerted air traffic control of the situation and the plan to divert.
Thirty minutes later, the plane landed and awaiting emergency medical personnel boarded the plan to attempt to save the woman.
Passengers were deplaned during the situation.
The woman was later pronounced dead, Glancy confirmed.
No details were given as to what exactly occurred other than the woman may have experienced a possible respiratory issue.
After a couple of hours, passengers re-boarded the plane and continued on to San Francisco.
Glancy said diversions to Billings are a rarity and occur only "half a dozen to a dozen times a year."
More details will likely be available on Monday from the Yellowstone County Coroner's Office.
Original article can be found here: http://www.ktvq.com
A flight headed from Chicago to San Francisco made an emergency landing at the Billings Logan International Airport on Saturday night.
Visible on the runway at around 10:30 p.m. were multiple emergency and law enforcement vehicles, including a Yellowstone County Sheriff’s vehicle, an airport fire truck, an airport police vehicle, an ambulance and a Billings Fire Department truck.
The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office directed The Gazette to contact the Yellowstone County Coroner’s office Monday morning for more information.
The Star Alliance Boeing 737-824 (N26210) flight departed from Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 7:14 p.m.
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