AviationKnock, knock, who's there? There's someone in the cargo hold

Airline turns back after worker falls asleep on the job

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Airline turns back after worker falls asleep on the job

An Alaska Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Seattle after taking off with a worker trapped in the cargo hold.

An Alaska Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Seattle after taking off with a worker trapped in the cargo hold.

The pilot of flight 448, bound for Los Angeles was alerted by the sound of banging "from beneath the aircraft", an Alaska Airlines statement said.

Back on the ground, the baggage handler emerged from the pressurised hold, saying he had fallen asleep.

He "appeared OK" but went to hospital as a precaution, the airline said.

The Boeing 737 aircraft had taken off from Seattle with 170 passengers on board, and was airborne for 14 minutes.

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