Someone left a human heart onboard a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Seattle, causing the Dallas-bound flight to return to its origin.
Southwest said the the heart was part of a “a life-critical cargo shipment” that was “intended to stay in Seattle for delivery to a local hospital.”
The captain told the passengers about the heart to explain why the flight needed to redirect, saying the heart had been left on the plane following a previous flight from Sacramento, California, to Seattle. A sense of urgency was involved as hearts are only viable for transplants for a few hours.
Those on the flight were in shock but “happy to save a life,” passenger Dr. Andrew Gottschalk told the Seattle Times.
Read more at USA Today.