Medical issue forces emergency landing

By on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 in Local News

Photo via Pendleton Professional Firefighters Local 2296

PENDLETON, Oregon – An Alaska Airlines flight from Spokane to Portland diverted to Pendleton’s Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at around 9 a.m. today. Pendleton Fire & Ambulance Capt. John Richardson says the plane was not able to land in Pasco due to weather conditions, so it landed at the airport in Pendleton.

Richardson says the man suffering the unspecified ailment was treated on the scene and released to the terminal.

“It was not a serious issue,” Richardson said.

The plane remained on the ground and the crew from Pendleton Fire & Ambulance stayed on the scene until the pilot completed the paperwork that allowed it to take off for PDX. The passenger in question remained in Pendleton.