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Jet2 Plane Diverted After Medical Situation On-Board

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Jet2 Plane Diverted After Medical Situation On-Board

A plane had to make an landing after the pilot felt unwell, according to reports.

The Jet2 flight, due to travel from Manchester to Madeira, is reported to have raised the alarm at around 10.20am local time today and a runway was cleared so the plane could land.

The plane was flying from Manchester to Madeira. Credit: PA
The plane was flying from Manchester to Madeira. Credit: PA

Jet2 said in a statement: "Flight LS765 from Manchester to Funchal diverted to Porto as a precautionary measure this morning, due to one of the pilots feeling unwell. A standby aircraft and replacement crew will be flown to Porto so that we can get customers on their way to Funchal as soon as possible."

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Some reports have claimed the pilot fainted, but Jet2 is yet to confirm this. No other injuries were reported.

An Airports of Portugal source told dnoticias.pt the runway was shut down for around half an hour while the Boeing 737 landed.

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"The landing was made safely," they told the news outlet. "And the aircraft was stationary on the runway until assistance was provided, leading to the runway closing for 33 minutes."

The source told Portuguese media the airport was now up and running - adding the 'emergency situation is over, and operations are proceeding normally'.

Medical responders told local press they received a call regarding a 40-year-old male. They arrived at the scene and took the man to a nearby hospital as a 'precaution' but added that he did not 'show signs of severity'.

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In a tweet, Jet2 wrote: "We would like to apologise to customers travelling on #LS765 from #Manchester to Funchal, #Madeira which has diverted into Porto, #Portugal due to an on-board medical situation.

"We are working to get you on your way ASAP. Please see our agents 'Portway' at Gate 2 for more info. Tx".


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Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: World News

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