United flight makes emergency landing in New Mexico after co-pilot falls unconscious

A United Airlines flight has made a safe emergency landing in New Mexico after its co-pilot became ill and fell unconscious.

The incident on board United Flight 1614 happened on Tuesday morning during a flight from Houston to San Francisco. The captain of the aircraft declared an emergency and diverted to Albuquerque in New Mexico, where ambulances, fire trucks and police were waiting for the plane.

"The crew followed procedures and the aircraft landed safely. We are working to provide assistance to the crew member and to get our customers to their final destinations," said United Airlines spokeswoman Maddie King. She was unable to provide other information, including the co-pilot's current condition.

KOAT-TV reported that the co-pilot was still unconscious when the aircraft landed in Albuquerque, but that his condition was believed to be stable.

Flight 1614, a Boeing 787-8, had departed Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 7:40 a.m. CT and landed at Albuquerque International Sunport Airport at 8:18 a.m. MT.

The incident comes just a day after an American Airlines pilot died during a flight from Phoenix to Boston, forcing the co-pilot to make an emergency landing in Syracuse, New York.

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