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American Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- An American Airlines jet made an emergency landing at the Yakima Airport Monday morning after a male passenger fell ill.

Tim Smith, spokesperson for American Airlines, told KNDO American Airlines Flight 880 bound for Chicago O'Hare International Airport left from Sea-Tac Airport at 6:25 a.m., before making an emergency landing in Yakima at 7:25 a.m.

Yakima firefighters responded and treated the 76-year-old man on the plane. Firefighters said the man was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft was carrying 149 passengers and 6 crew members. Smith said there was a delay before the plane could depart, while mechanics with American Airlines could drive from Sea-Tac to Yakima and inspect the plane.

Smith said it's the Federal Aviation Administration's policy to inspect every plane when it lands before departing to check for landing weight, since the plane was fueled for only Seattle to Chicago. The passengers were deplaned while crews completed the inspection process.

Passengers boarded the plane around 1 p.m., and the plane took off just before 2 p.m.

Smith said American Airlines will be accommodating the passengers who missed their connecting flight.

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