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Apr 13, 2015 6:53 PM

Flight returns to Seattle after worker trapped in cargo hold

The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) Alaska Airlines says a Los Angeles-bound flight has returned to Seattle after the pilot heard a trapped worker banging inside the plane's cargo hold.

Alaska flight 448 had just taken off Monday when the banging came from beneath the aircraft. The airline said in a news release the captain immediately returned to Seattle-Tacoma International and declared an emergency for priority landing.

After the plane landed a ramp agent was found inside the front cargo hold, which Alaska says is pressurized and temperature-controlled. The worker appeared OK but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

The airline says it's investigating.


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