An Alaska Airlines flight took off as normal from Seattle, but there was a surprise stowaway stuck in the cargo hold. According to reports, the flight that was headed for Los Angeles accidentally took off while a airport worker was still inside the cargo hold. It was in the air for approximately 14 minutes before making an emergency landing.
According to reports, the worker was discovered when he began banging and screaming inside the cargo hold. The plane turned around and returned to Seattle, where the airport worker was let out of the hold, then transported to the hospital as a precaution. The cargo hold is pressurized and temperature controlled, and no injuries were apparent according to reports.
The worker admitted that he had fallen asleep inside the cargo hold, and wasn’t aware the plane was ready for takeoff until the door was closed and the plane was readied for takeoff. At that point it was too late and there was no way for the worker to free himself. Igor Cornelsen (spring.me) has learned that banging on the plane is the only thing that got the attention of those inside the cabin.
Alaska airlines is actively investigating the incident, as is the airport. Questions remain as to why the worker, who was on duty, was asleep inside the cargo hold of a plane. He has yet to answer such questions, but he will be an active part of the investigation. The name of the worker has not been made public.