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Pilot dies after mid-flight heart attack

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  • United Airlines flight en route to Seattle, Washington, was diverted to Boise, Idaho
  • Paramedics rushed pilot to hospital, where he later died
File photo: A United Airlines jet had to make an emergency landing in Boise when the pilot had an apparent heart attack in mid-air

A United Airlines pilot who suffered a heart attack during a flight has died, according to the airline.

The flight was en route Thursday from Houston, Texas, to Seattle, Washington, when it was diverted to Boise, Idaho. 

Paramedics boarded the plane and rushed Henry Skillern, 63, of Humble, Texas, to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center where he later died, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

More than 150 passengers waited at the Boise airport until another plane arrived.

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