Mt. Vernon Register-News

June 15, 2010

Flight attendant helps land plane in Chicago

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Officials say a flight attendant who has a pilot’s license helped land a plane at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when a co-pilot became ill.

American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan says the co-pilot of a flight from San Francisco to Chicago on Monday became ill.

Fagan says the flight’s pilot then checked if any off-duty airline pilots were on board. A female flight attendant told the captain that she is a commercial pilot and he asked her to fill in as a first officer.

The plane landed safely.

Officials say the first officer’s condition was not serious. He was treated at a local hospital and released.