Thursday July 26 07:39 AM EDT
Pilot Suffers Apparent Heart Attack
An American Airlines passenger jet made an emergency landing in Las Vegas after the pilot suffered an apparent heart attack.
An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to London made an emergency landing in Las Vegas Wednesday evening after the pilot apparently suffered a heart attack.
"He was barely breathing and he was gasping for breath," said Dr. Mohammad Arain, a passenger on the flight. "His pupils were dilated and he had no pulse and no blood pressure, and he was unable to communicate at all."
Flight 136, carrying 214 people, made a safe landing at McCarren International Airport just after 8 p.m. PT, with the first officer at the controls, the airline said.
Defibrillator Used to Monitor Pilot
The plane was carrying a heart defibrillator, but it was not used to shock the pilot, only to monitor his condition, airline spokeswoman Minette Velez told The Associated Press.
Airline officials said passengers were put up in a local hotel, and will continue on to London this morning.
The pilot is reportedly in fair condition, and is undergoing tests at Desert Springs hospital.
ABCNEWS affiliate KTNV in Las Vegas contributed to this report.