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Jet2 Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Reportedly “Fainted” During Flight

On Tuesday, a pilot reportedly “fainted” at 30,000 feet, prompting the plane to make an emergency landing in Greece, according to reports.

A Jet2 flight from Birmingham, England to Antalya, Turkey, made an emergency landing in Greece due to what the airline called a “medical emergency,” according to Birmingham Live.

“One fuming passenger claimed the ordeal had delayed the start of their holiday by eight hours. They said their family of four was given a €15 euro voucher each which covered a “basic meal,” the outlet reported. According to passengers, Jet2 does not compensate for delays due to medical emergencies.

The flight was rerouted as a “precautionary measure,” according to a representative from Jet2.

“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,” Jet2 spokesperson said.

“We communicated this to our customers as soon as possible, and our teams worked extremely hard to look after everyone. We would like to apologize to anyone affected by this unforeseen delay,” it added.

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The incident happened on August 23. And the passenger told Birmingham Live how the ordeal started when the plane hit some turbulence.

They said: “While we were all [seated] we noticed something was going on at the front of the plane. 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 delayed traveller said staff did “all they could” to keep people updated in the airport – but not before they were stuck on the runway in Thessaloniki for more than an hour waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Stewards reportedly informed flyers the pilot had “fainted” – but medical emergencies are not covered in Jet2’s compensation policy.

“People were worried as we’d just been through turbulence and we didn’t know what was happening,” the traveller added. “[Passengers] then got frustrated as once we were off the plane no one was updating us. The crew were amazing but once in the airport it was chaos.”

There has been an increase in the number of times that the pilot has fainted or fallen asleep.

Commercial aviation news site Aviation Herald reported that two pilots on a flight from Sudan to Ethiopia last week had apparently fallen asleep and missed their landing.

“The incident took place on board an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 en route from Khartoum to Addis Ababa, the report said, “when the pilots fell asleep” and “the aircraft continued past the top of descent,” according to CNN.

“Other airlines such as WizzAir have been investigated by regulators amid fears they are encouraging pilots to fly while tired and take on extra trips,” according to Yahoo News.

  • John says:

    A pilot passing out is no big deal he has the co-pilot, the worst thing that is happening now is a fraudulently elected senile, pedophile Antichrist communist mentally ill satanic decrepit dementia freak in the anti White House, if that crashes millions of lives will be lost & hopefully on the side of the DEMONIC SCUMBAGS & THEIR SATANIC N.W.O. OF DEMONIC COMMUNIST CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT DEMOCRAT NAZIS & FASCIST.

  • 1stAand2ndA says:

    Good thing he was vaxxed….It could have been so much worse!.


  • Pat says:

    The jab is endangering not only the life of the person who subjected their body to it, but to hundreds of innocent people as well. Governments and companies need to be held accountable!

  • It’s only a matter of time before a plane falls out of the sky because some pilot goes into cardiac arrest from the clot shot.

  • GymS says:

    These rinky dink airlines, jet2, jet blue, spirit to name a few, employ substandard pilots that are paid almost minimum wage, on top of that, most have failed ‘check rides’ or other testing which caused major airlines to turn their backs. Add Airbus industries into the mix and it spells disaster.



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