Captain suffers seizures, forces Transatlantic flight into emergency landing

Published on : Thursday, January 25, 2018

Norwegian AirlinesA Transatlantic flight had to be diverted to Shannon Airport after the captain had become incapacitated on account of multiple seizures.


Norwegian Air Shuttle flight DY-7042 was heading from Florida to Copenhagen at that time. The airplane was carrying 266 passengers and crew members on board. The co-pilot declared an emergency reporting that a crew member had suddenly fallen ill.


The airline has since confirmed that it was the captain.


There was a third pilot on board at the time who had assisted with the diversion and emergency landing. The flight was cleared to divert to Shannon and here, the emergency medical services were standing by.


The Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner jet was able to land absolutely safely around 9.51 a.m. and was met at the air terminal by airport authorities and ambulance paramedics.


And the captain was removed by the ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.


The passengers of the flight were permitted to disembark and enter the airport transit lounge. Here they were provided with meal vouchers and arrangements were made to get them to their destination.


A spokesperson of Norwegian said that flight DY7042 that was travelling from Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen was diverted to Shannon Airport.


Here it landed safely.


This airline also confirmed that the flight would resume once the captain has been replaced.


The flight continued its journey around 1.30 p.m.


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