A plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Greece Tuesday after a pilot was said to have fainted at 30,000 feet, reports said.
The co-pilot took control of a Jet2 flight that was bound from Birmingham, England to Antalya, Turkey, Birmingham Live reported.
The plane was forced to land in Thessaloniki, Greece, after the pilot had passed out as the flight experienced turbulence.
“While we were all [seated] we noticed something was going on at the front of the plane,” an unnamed passenger told the Birmingham news outlet. “We thought someone had hurt themselves in the toilet while experiencing turbulence.
“We were told we were landing in Greece due to a medical emergency on board. We weren’t told what part,” the passenger added. “People were worried as we’d just been through turbulence and we didn’t know what was happening.”
A Jet2 spokesperson told Insider: “Flight LS1239 from Birmingham to Antalya diverted to Thessaloniki Airport as a precautionary measure on Tuesday (August 23) due to one of the pilots feeling unwell. A replacement crew were flown to Thessaloniki so that we could get customers on their way to Antalya that same evening.”
“We communicated this to our customers as soon as possible, and our teams worked extremely hard to look after everyone. We would like to apologise to anyone affected by this unforeseen delay.”
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