Alaska Airlines flight returns to Seattle after worker trapped in cargo hold

In this photo taken Tuesday, March 24, 2015, an Alaska Airlines jet takes off at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. (Elaine Thompson)

An Alaska Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles made an emergency landing Monday after the pilot reported hearing banging from beneath the plane, airline officials said.

The banging was from a ramp agent who told authorities he had fallen asleep, according to a statement from Alaska Airlines.

Flight 448 immediately flew back to Seattle. It was in the air for 14 minutes, airline officials said.

Upon landing, authorities found a ramp agent inside the front cargo hold. The cargo hold is pressurized and temperature-controlled.

The ramp agent was not injured, but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. No charges were expected to be filed.

The incident is under investigation.
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