Passengers remained on the plane while an ambulance attended to the victim.
British airline Jet2’s Boeing 737-800 made an emergency landing after the pilot lost consciousness at an altitude of 9,000 meters.
A company spokesperson quoted by the Birmingham Live portal said it was about flight LS1239, which was traveling from the British city of Birmingham to Antalya in Turkey, and had to land in Thessaloniki, Greece “as a precaution”. Because one of the pilots was “unwell”.
A passenger was quoted by the media as saying that the incident started when the plane encountered some turbulence. “Where are we? [sentados] “We noticed something happening in the front of the plane,” he said.
We thought someone was injured in the commotion in the bathroom […] We were told we would be landing in Greece due to a medical emergency on board,” he continued.
The witness said the crew did not tell them what was happening at the time, and the plane began its rapid descent. He added that they were not allowed to land until an ambulance evacuated the pilot after more than an hour.
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