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Jet2 flight forced to make emergency landing as passenger dies in medical emergency

Jet2 flight forced to make emergency landing as passenger dies in medical emergency

The flight had been a routine trip from Tenerife to Manchester when a passenger became ill.

A Jet2 flight was forced to make an emergency landing while en route from Tenerife to Manchester after a passenger suffered a medical emergency and later passed away.

It was claimed that the female passenger had fallen ill a few hours into the flight, before the decision was made to make an emergency landing in Cornwall.

The incident began roughly three hours into the trip, with flight LS756 alerting Manchester Airport that a customer would need medical assistance.

The plane had been making a routine trip from Tenerife to Manchester.
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According to one witness onboard, as the plane continued on its flight path on Sunday night (2 April), the passenger became very ill, with the cabin crew relaying messages to the captain.

They told the Manchester Evening News that her condition 'seemed to take a sudden turn', with staff calling for medical assistance from those on board.

"Then the plane took a very dramatic veer to the right and it was clear something had changed and we needed to land straight away." they continued.

The witness then said that the unnamed passenger shortly passed out after this, with the crew attempting to perform CPR until the plane made its emergency landing.

One witness said that the plane veered dramatically as it made an emergency landing.
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They added that many passengers had become ‘upset and emotional’ as the emergency unfolded.

They told the outlet: "Quite a few people were visibly upset and emotional by what was going on.

"She passed out, and they had oxygen on board and a defibrillator on board and started performing CPR. They did this for around an hour until we landed.”

After making their descent over the Celtic Sea, the plane landed at Cornwall Airport Newquay, where the passenger was transported via a scoop stretcher to an awaiting ambulance, with the air ambulance also in attendance.

Those onboard would continue their flight after a short refuel, with the plane finally landing in Manchester around 10 pm.

Police were also said to have chatted with Jet2 staff at the scene.

Jet2 later confirmed in a statement that the passenger had passed away and thanked their crew onboard the flight, as well as the other passengers, for their assistance.

The airline later released a statement about the incident.
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A spokesperson for Jet2 told LADbible: “Flight LS756 from Tenerife to Manchester diverted to Cornwall Airport Newquay yesterday evening, due to a customer requiring medical attention.

“Regrettably, we can confirm that the customer has sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with the customer's family and friends at this very difficult time. We would like to express our thanks to our crew, as well as other customers who provided assistance onboard.”

LADbible also contacted Devon and Cornwall Police, who gave the following statement: "Police were called at 7.20pm on Sunday 2 April, following concern for the welfare of a woman on an aeroplane that was diverted to Newquay Airport, St Mawgan. The ambulance also attended.

"Despite best efforts, the woman, in her 60s and from Cheshire, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The death is not being treated as suspicious."

Police also confirmed that the woman's family had been contacted following the tragic incident.

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Topics: Travel, UK News, News