SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines says a Los Angeles-bound flight had to return to Seattle after a worker reportedly fell asleep and found himself trapped in the plane's cargo hold.
Flight 448 had just taken off Monday afternoon when the pilot heard banging from down below. The airline said in a news release the captain immediately returned to Seattle-Tacoma International and declared an emergency for priority landing.
After the plane landed a ramp agent was found inside the front cargo hold, which Alaska says is pressurized and temperature-controlled. The airline says the worker, an employee of Menzies Aviation, told authorities he had fallen asleep.
The worker walked off the plane and appeared OK, but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Alaska says it's still investigating the incident.