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Plane lands safely after pilot reportedly passes out on Alaska Airlines flight

An Alaska Airlines plane has landed in Portland after one of the pilot aboard reportedly lost consciousness while approaching the airport.

The plane landed safely and paramedics were called to assist the pilot, a Port of Portland spokesman told Fox News.

Airline spokesman Paul McElroy says the co-pilot landed the flight after declaring an emergency to get priority care for the pilot.

The spokesman says the pilot lost consciousness "somewhere over Oregon." He later regained consciousness and left the cockpit. McElroy says a doctor on board tended to him in the cabin. The pilot has been taken to a hospital but there was no immediate word on his condition.

The Boeing 737-700 with 116 passengers and five crew members left Los Angeles about 6:30 p.m. PST and touched down in Portland at about 9 p.m.

McElroy says the pilot has been flying for Alaska for 28 years and was current on his six-month medical evaluation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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