United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz suffers heart attack, rushed to hospital

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Oscar Munoz, the newly-appointed chief executive of United Airlines, has suffered a heart attack and has been rushed to a Chicago hospital.

A person familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that United directors are waiting to hear back from Munoz’ family to learn more about the severity of the heart attack. The Dow Jones news wire also reported the news, citing sources.

“We have been informed by Oscar’s family that he was admitted to the hospital on Thursday and we will provide further details as appropriate,” United Airlines said in a brief statement. “In the meantime, we are continuing to operate normally. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and we are respecting their privacy.”

The condition of Munoz is unknown.

Munoz was appointed the chief executive officer of United Continental Holdings, Inc, the parent company of United Airlines, on September 8 after the resignation of Jeff Smisek.

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