A Jet2 flight had to make an emergency landing on its way from Manchester after the pilot fainted.
The flight, which was on its way to Maderia, had to divert to Porto in Portugal due to an ‘onboard medical situation’, according to the airline.
The pilot is understood to have been taken to hospital on arrival. The alarm is said to have been sounded around 10.20am local time today and a runway was closed for half an hour till 11am so the emergency landing could take place.
Airport sources told local media the airport was now operating normally. Medical responders said they had received a request to assist a 40-year-old man who was taken to hospital ‘as a precaution.’
“They made the announcement that there had been an incident on the flight deck and another Jet2 pilot, who happened to be on holiday, came forward from the back of the plane,” Nicholas Banks, a banker who was on the plane, told MailOnline.
“He offered his services to the crew and went into the cabin. He didn’t come out until he helped the pilot off the plane when we landed.
‘”The original pilot was wheeled off in wheelchair with an oxygen mask, but we couldn’t really see.”
The airline later apologised on Twitter after customers said they were kept waiting for hours in the airport.
“We would like to apologise to customers travelling on LS765 from Manchester to Funchal, Madeira, which has diverted into Porto, Portugal due to an onboard medical situation,” it tweeted.
“We are working to get you on your way ASAP.”