BOISE -- A Boeing 737 was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday night in Boise after the 63-year-old pilot reportedly suffered a heart attack while flying and later died.
Ada County Coroner Erwin L. Sonnenberg identified the pilot as 63-year-old Henry Skillern of Humble, Texas. Skillern was pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m.
KING5 in Seattle reports the United Airlines 737 had been flying to Seattle from Houston when it was diverted to to Boise around 8 p.m.
Crew members reportedly stayed calm during the emergency, made an announcement over the intercom, and asked if a doctor was aboard the plane.
According to KING5, that's when a doctor and two soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord began to perform CPR on Skillern.
Passengers say another person on board who trains 737 pilots took over as co-pilot while the original co-pilot took over as captain.
Paramedics boarded the flight and removed the 63-year-old pilot upon landing. Skillern was pronounced dead at the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, according to a hospital spokesperson.
All 161 passengers eventually made it to Seattle after another pilot was flown to Boise from San Francisco to continue the flight.
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