Airport worker trapped inside the plane’s cargo hold

By Drum Digital
14 April 2015

A plane en route from Seattle to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing after loud bang was heard coming from the cargo hold.

The plane carrying 170 passengers and six crew members was airborne for 14 minutes.

The captain immediately returned to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and declared an emergency for priority landing.

Passenger Robert Higgins of Jacksonville, Oregon, told Los Angeles station KABC-TV, "All of the sudden we heard all this pounding underneath the plane, and we thought there was something wrong with the landing gear."

"We started hearing yelling, screams for help, very, very faint, and that's when we notified the flight attendant that there's someone underneath us," passenger Jamie Davis of Seattle told KABC-TV.

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Preliminary investigations found that an airport worker fell asleep and found himself trapped in a plane’s cargo hold.

The worker was taken to hospital as a precaution following the ordeal, but the airline said he appeared to be fine.

After his release from hospital, he passed a drug test, airline spokesman Bryan Zidar said.

The airline said it was “actively investigating the matter”.

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