Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Southwest flight turns around after human heart is found on plane

Southwest flight turns around after human heart is found on plane

Passengers were delayed about five hours.

The crew onboard the Southwest Airlines flight made the decision to turn back to Seattle.

The "life-critical cargo shipment" was supposed to be unloaded in Seattle and transported to an undisclosed local hospital, a representative from Southwest told HuffPost.

The Seattle Times reported that Flight 3606 arrived in Seattle from Sacramento, Calif.

The organ was put on the plane from Sacramento and was meant to be unloaded in Seattle.

But according to Joel Newman, assistant communications director at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the only way a heart would ever be transported on a commercial flight would be for research, or if they were merely using some tissue or valves.

Dr Gottschalk called the incident a "horrific story of gross negligence".

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A U.S. passenger plane has turned around mid-flight after finding a human heart onboard that was meant to be delivered to a hospital.

'So if a human heart were intended for transplantation it would be very unlikely to be traveling over a great distance.

Gottschalk said the horror began to sink in when those with internet began searching the internet and found that a heart would last only hours to be viable for transplant.

As for who's in charge of a commercially-flown organ: it flies solo.

It's not clear what the heart was for. But no Seattle-area hospitals claimed to be involved, according to the paper.

Pliska told the Seattle Times: 'We only use private flights.

"We sincerely regret the inconvenience to the customers impacted by the delay, and we are following up with them with a gesture of goodwill to apologize for the disruption to their travel", an airline spokesperson said.

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