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Published on : Wednesday, May 17, 2017
A Ryanair flight from Liverpool to Alicante was one of two passenger planes forced to land in France Tuesday morning. Ryanair flight FR9886 sent an in-flight squawk alert – the code planes use to issue emergencies – as it was flying early today.
Another flight, Germanwings flight 4U 9642, also declared an emergency and had to be diverted to the same airport in Bordeaux.
Aeroplane tracking websites showed the Ryanair flight take a sharp diversion from its scheduled flight path at just before 8:00 am GMT.
The Ryanair plane is supposed to be a Boeing 737-800 and left Merseyside at 06:30 GMT this morning. The Germanwings flight left Düsseldorf at 06:55 GMT and is believed to be an Airbus A-320.
Ryanair sources said the flight was diverted after a customer became ill on board. While the aircraft departed for Alicante shortly afterwards, Ryanair apologised to the passengers for the short delay.