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British Airways flight from London forced to make emergency landing after co-pilot fell unconscious at controls

 


The A320 Airbus's co-pilot complained about feeling unwell halfway through the three-and-a-half hour Boxing Day flight.

But he was forced to land in Switzerland when the co-pilot's condition deteriorated.


The First Officer was rushed to hospital after the BA plane touched down, but released after being checked by doctors.


'PASSED OUT'


The midair emergency started with the plane just over an hour away from Athens.


The captain decided to fly back to Heathrow rather than continue on to Greece, it is reported.



A BA insider told Said; The First Officer had initially complained of feeling ill, but on the return to Heathrow passed out.


"The Captain thought the situation was serious enough to divert rather than try and return to Heathrow.


The Captain thought the situation was serious enough to divert rather than try and return to Heathrow

BA Insider

"It is nothing to do with COVID-19 and there are no reports of any toxic fumes in the cockpit which is a common cause of pilots suddenly becoming ill.


"The First Officer was taken to hospital but has since been released."



The plane remained on the tarmac in Zurich for five hours on Boxing Day.


Passengers arrived in Athens nine hours after take off from Heathrow Terminal 5.


The captain had turned the jet around and was diverting back to Heathrow.


Loveth Ogedegbe: Wednesday, 30 December 2020 at 12/30/2020 03:02:00 pm

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