An off-duty flight attendant helps the flight return to Las Vegas after a pilot emergency

Las Vegas, Nev. (FOX5) – Southwest Airlines said an off-duty pilot from another airline stepped in to help a flight crew return a flight to Las Vegas early Wednesday morning after one pilot suffered a medical emergency.

Southwest Flight 6013 from Las Vegas to Columbus returned to Harry Reid International Airport after one of the pilots required medical attention, the airline said.

A certified pilot from another airline who was on board entered the flight deck and assisted with radio communication, while an on-board nurse was able to provide medical assistance.

The flight landed safely in Las Vegas, according to the FAA. The airline changed crews and flew passengers to Columbus.

“We commend the crew for their professionalism and appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding regarding the situation,” Southwest Airlines said in a statement to FOX5.

The FAA said the investigation is ongoing. The airline said it could not comment on the condition of the pilot.

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