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You had one job: Plane has to turn around after health worker leaves donor heart on board


SAN ANTONIO (CIRCA VIA KABB) -- A human heart that was heading from Sacramento to a hospital in Seattle was accidentally left behind on a Southwest Airlines passenger jet on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Seattle Times, the flight was on its way from Seattle to Dallas when the pilot came on the intercom to alert passengers that they were turning back because someone forgot to unload the heart. It had been on the plane from an earlier flight from Sacramento.

It was unknown whether the heart ever made it safely to its destination or it was still viable after the time in spent on the plane.

The airline later confirmed the situation, adding that it was necessary for the pilot to the turn the plane around because it was "absolutely necessary to deliver the shipment ... as quickly as possible," according to Dallas media outlet NBCDFW.

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