Alaska Airlines flight makes emergency landing after screaming heard from cargo hold; ramp agent found inside

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The Alaska Airlines flight that made an emergency landing at Sea-Tac after hearing a banging in its cargo hold. (Photo: @footyfiend via Fox 13)

SEATTLE, Wash. (PIX11) — An Alaska Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing after banging and screaming from a crew member trapped in the cargo hold was heard by the pilot.

PIX11 affiliate FOX 13 reports that the flight from Sea-Tac was bound for Los Angeles when the pilot heard banging from beneath the aircraft about 14 minutes into the flight. When the plane returned to Sea-Tac, a ramp agent was found in the cargo hold which is pressurized and temperature controlled, according to the airline.

“The ramp agent appeared okay, and was transported to the hospital as a precaution,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement.

The airline is investigating the incident.