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Southwest Flight Turns Back Due to Human Heart Being Left Onboard

TravelPulse logo TravelPulse 12/13/2018 Donald Wood

Southwest Boeing 737 MAX 8: PHOTO: Southwest Boeing 737 MAX 8. (photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines) © Southwest Airlines PHOTO: Southwest Boeing 737 MAX 8. (photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines) Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight were shocked to hear their plane would be forced to turn around and return to Seattle after it was discovered a human heart had been left on board.

According to the Seattle Times, the captain of the Southwest flight from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport told passengers the heart was intended for delivery to a Seattle hospital, but it had been left on the plane accidentally after a previous journey from Sacramento.

Southwest spokesperson Dan Landson told the Seattle Times it was “absolutely necessary” to get the cargo back “as quickly as possible.”

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and the safe delivery of the precious cargo we transport every day,” Landson continued.

One of the passengers on the plane, Dr. Andrew Gottschalk, said the travelers onboard didn’t mind the inconvenience to help save a life, but he questioned how the heart could have been forgotten in the cargo hold in the first place.

Once the plane landed safely in Seattle after the three-hour flight, the heart was unloaded from the plane and passengers were also told to deplane, as the aircraft had suffered an unrelated mechanical issue.

The impacted travelers were put on the next plane to Dallas, which departed after a five-hour delay.

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