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Human Heart Left Behind Forces Flight to Turn Around

Human Heart Left Behind Forces Flight to Turn Around
Ryan Boyd

On Sunday, a Southwest Airlines flight en route to Dallas from Seattle made a U-turn and returned to its point of departure once flight crew realized that a human heart meant to be transported to a medical facility had been left aboard the aircraft.

“We sincerely regret the inconvenience to the customers impacted by the delay,” said a spokesperson for Southwest. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and the safe delivery of the precious cargo we transport every day.”

There was a five-hour delay on the flight due to the error, and due to switching planes for the flight due to a separate mechanical issue, and Southwest claimed to be offering a “gesture of goodwill” to passengers affected.

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  1. jrm68

    December 19, 2018 at 4:54 am

    They did they right thing both by turning around to deliver the heart and by compensating inconvenienced passengers.

  2. Disneymkvii

    December 19, 2018 at 6:39 am

    This story proves SWA has heart!

  3. TheSaltPig

    December 20, 2018 at 10:17 am

    I worked in Organ Donation and Transplantation for over 25 yrs. This heart was for valves, not whole transplantation (we took private jets with coolers for those recoveries). It was not a rush to get it to the destination, although I am glad to see SWA recognized the issue.

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