A woman died Saturday night after a medical emergency forced her flight from Chicago to San Franciso to divert to Billings.
At about 9:30 p.m., air control at Billings Logan International Airport received notice the Star Alliance Boeing 737 would be making the unplanned stop. The aircraft was above South Dakota at that point and arrived in Billings about 30 minutes later, said Mike Glancy, supervisor for operations and aircraft rescue firefighting operations.
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Emergency crews staged ahead of the jet’s arrival and paramedics boarded shortly after it landed. Glancy said he did not know if the woman was alive when she arrived in Billings but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Passengers deplaned while it was inspected by mechanics and refueled. The aircraft left Billings at about midnight after it was cleared by airport personnel.
The 7:15 p.m. flight from Chicago landed in San Francisco at about 1:20 a.m. Pacific Time, according to Rahsaan Johnson, United Airlines spokesperson.