Around fifteen minutes after the plane took off, a bashing noise was heard by the captain and several first-class passengers below the aircraft. The pilot thought that something was wrong and he decided to perform an emergency landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at 2:39 p.m.
"I think we're hearing a noise from the baggage compartment," the pilot had said, as reported by KCPQ. "Might be a person in there, so we're going to have to come back around."
Minutes after the plane landed, a flight worker came out from the cargo hold after being trapped in the area which is normally preserved for animals. "Upon exiting, he told authorities he had fallen asleep," a representative for the airline said.
The employee was checked by doctors of the airport and was found unhurt, informed airport spokesman Perry Cooper. He was taken to a hospital for a drug test, airline spokesman Bryan Zidar said, adding that the employee passed the test.
Menzies Aviation declined to reveal the name of the worker, who started work at 5 a.m. in the morning and was one among four members loading baggage of passengers on the flight.
The team leader said that after loading the baggage he made sure all workers got off the flight and he found one of them missing and sent him a message but received no answer. The team leader added that he thought the co-worker finished the shift early and went home and that's why he decided not to follow this matter further.