iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — American Airlines flight 363 was only supposed to have 86 people on board — its 87th was hungover and asleep in the cargo hold.A hungover employee for regional carrier Piedmont Airlines fell asleep in the cargo hold of an American Airlines flight from Kansas City last week and took the one-hour ride to Chicago, Sgt. Rocco Alioto, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, told ABC News.Because the area of the hold was pressurized and heated, he survived and was discovered by ground employees upon landing at O’Hare International Airport, according to American Airlines.The employee was interviewed by the Chicago Police Department and told authorities that he had been drinking the night before and fell asleep in the cargo hold after arriving at work, according to a police spokesman.He has been suspended from work pending the investigation, American Airlines said.A source briefed on the incident told ABC News that he wasn’t discovered before departure likely because there was no luggage loaded in the forward hold for the flight.The FBI worked the case alongside the Chicago Police Department; all declined to press charges.“A Piedmont Airlines employee, who was working an American Airlines flight on the morning of Oct. 27 at Kansas City International Airport (MCI), inadvertently fell asleep in the forward cargo hold of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft,” American Airlines said in a statement. “The flight subsequently took off with the team member in the cargo hold, which was heated and pressurized.”“Our top priority is ensuring the well-being of the Piedmont employee,” the statement continued. “He did not request any medical attention upon arrival in Chicago, and we are grateful that he did not sustain any injuries. The American team is very concerned about this serious situation, and we are reviewing what transpired with our Piedmont and Kansas City colleagues.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – The Lamar Cardinals welcome the Houston Cougars to the LU Softball Complex for a doubleheader at 4 p.m. today in LU’s last non-conference home date this season. Both games will be streamed on Facebook Live, with Harold Mann providing the play-by-play.The Cardinals (22-18) took two of three at Sam Houston State over the weekend in Southland Conference action, while Houston (24-14) dropped two of three at South Florida in American Athletic Conference play. Senior right-hander Laura Napoli (10-9, 3.11) and freshman righty Taylor Gruell (7-6, 3.91) are LU’s probable starters. Gruell is looking for her first win since March 23.“We need Taylor to get on track,” Bruder said. “We definitely need her down the stretch for conference.”Napoli picked up her 49th career win in Friday’s opener at Sam Houston State. She looks to become the first pitcher in program history to collect 50 career wins.PROMOTIONS “Houston has traditionally been a strong opponent, and this might be one of the best Houston teams we have faced,” LU coach Holly Bruder said. “I love that they are willing to come here. We love to be challenged by good teams. These are the games that make us better.”The Cougars are batting .291 as a team. Arielle James leads Houston with a .403 batting average, while Sarah Queen is batting .364 to go along with team-leading figures of six home runs and 25 RBIs. The Houston pitching staff, which is 16th in the nation with a 1.78 ERA, is led by junior right-hander Savannah Heebner (16-5, 0.98).LU shortstop Savana Guidry is batting .346 for the Cardinals, who have a .274 team batting average. Guidry had her 13-game hitting streak, the third longest in program history, snapped at Sam Houston State on Saturday. Kelly Meeuwsen is batting. 341, while leading the team with seven home runs. Meeuwsen’s 26 RBIs are second on the team, one behind Shelby Henderson’s 27. Meeuwsen enters the week with 98 career RBIs, second all-time at LU, behind only Ashley McDowell’s 107. Today is LU’s annual Mean Girls Game, with various contests based upon the movie throughout the game. In addition, fans will receive free pizza and a free pink cowbell while supplies last.FORECASTThe doubleheader is expected to start under a sunny sky, with a temperature of 79 degrees and the wind out of the southeast at 9 mph. By the time the twin bill ends, the temperature will be in the 60s.ON DECKLU travels to Central Arkansas for a three-game Southland Conference series. The teams will play a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Friday and a single game at 1 p.m. Saturday. It’s a crucial series for the Cardinals, who are in seventh place in the conference with an 8-7 record. Central Arkansas is one of three teams tied for fourth place in the conference with 9-6 records. LU returns home to host McNeese in a three-game SLC series set for April 20-21.
RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDS Extra effort: BigBlue tight end John Stanton tries to advance the ball after a catch during a spring season game. | KAZ NAGATSUKA GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Usually, IBM BigBlue quarterback Kevin Craft is not the type of a guy who has emotional outbursts once a game is over.But when his team beat the Lixil Deers 69-54 and punched a ticket to the Japan X Bowl late last month, he was a little different. Perhaps he couldn’t conceal his excitement about finally getting a chance to compete in an X League championship game in his third year in Japan. Fujitsu Frontiers, John Stanton, IBM Big Blue, Japan X Bowl, Kevin Craft On target: IBM’s Kevin Craft throws a pass to tight end John Stanton (40) during their spring season game this year. | KAZ NAGATSUKA “The last three years since I got here, we’ve done a lot of hard work,” said Craft, a former UCLA signal-caller, after the Lixil game in the playoff semifinals at Yokohama Stadium.“The guys that have been here, even the guys that were on our team before, there was a lot of hard work to get in this position.”The Fujitsu Frontiers, IBM’s opponent in the Dec. 15 title game that is slated to kick off at 7 p.m. at Tokyo Dome, are undefeated (8-0, including the playoffs). The Frontiers are considered the favorites to win the title, because, by acquiring some Americans on both ends of the ball, they have upgraded their team in all phases of the game.IBM (7-1), meanwhile, has had to overcome some challenges that Fujitsu, one of the few corporate-owned teams in the league, didn’t really have to deal with. Despite its name, IBM is a private club team, and not the essence of stability.Craft said that every offseason the team has had to secure enough players for the next campaign.“It was a scramble last year, coming in this year to find all these guys, and the year before even,” Craft said. “So it’s been tough, but I think the guys are hanging in there. They deserve to have a little success here.”But the core members of the team have stayed the same since Craft landed, and maybe that’s one of the advantages for the BigBlue against the Frontiers, who are led by first-year American quarterback Colby Cameron.Tight end John Stanton, who’s also in his third year with the BigBlue, said that the team has developed stronger chemistry in the last three years.And that is especially the case between Craft and Stanton himself. The passer-receiver tandem is the team’s signature hotline that’s helped its offensive attack become one of the best in the league.For Craft, who led the X League with 2,492 yards passing and 31 touchdowns in eight contests this season, Stanton is his favorite target, someone he can rely on in short- and middle-range passing situations. Of the seven games they’ve played together, Craft completed 41 passes to Stanton, and in four games, Stanton posted team-high totals in receptions.“The chemistry we’ve been building in the last three years is evident in the games,” said Stanton, who racked up 511 receiving yards and eight TD receptions in the 2014 fall season. “Sometimes I feel like I know he was going to throw me the ball, even when I’m covered.”Stanton added that the team, including Craft and himself, have had struggles, but feels they’ve finally earned the opportunity to show what they can do in the championship game.“We are going to make the best of it for sure,” he said. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5