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Woman stung by scorpion on flight from LA to Portland

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 2/15/2015
An Alaska Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower at Los Angles International Airport during take-off on April 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. © David McNew/Getty Images An Alaska Airlines jet passes the air traffic control tower at Los Angles International Airport during take-off on April 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

LOS ANGELES — A scorpion stung a woman on the hand just before her flight from Los Angeles to Portland took off.

Alaska Airlines spokesman Cole Cosgrove says Flight 567 was taxing on the runway Saturday night when the passenger was stung. He says the plane returned to the gate and the woman was checked by medics. She refused additional medical treatment but didn't get back on the plane.

Meanwhile, flight attendants killed the scorpion and checked overhead compartments for any additional unwanted arachnids. The flight then took off at 8:40 p.m., about an hour late. Members of Oregon State University's men's basketball team were on the flight, Cosgrove said.

He says it's unclear how the scorpion got on the plane, but the flight originated in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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