It is reported that a British Airways flight from London had to make an emergency landing after the co-pilot fell unconscious.
According to the aviation reports the flight, on its way to Athens, had to make a detour and land at Zurich when the captain of the A320 Airbus decided to take action after the incident occurred.
The co-pilot had said that he felt unwell before passing out halfway through the three and a half hour flight.
The captain made an effort to get back to Heathrow by turning the plane around immediately however the co-pilot’s condition deteriorated to such an extent that he landed at Zurich.
After the plane landed the first officer was rushed to the hospital and the plane remained there for five hours then eventually continuing on its journey and arriving at Athens more than nine hours late.
The co-pilot was later released from the hospital and a British Airways source is reported as saying “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.” A spokesperson for BA said, “The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority and the flight continued to its destination as planned.” It remains unclear what made the first officer pass out.
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