30 November 2023 9:13 PM
It diverted to Faro in Portugal after taking off from London Gatwick just after 6.30am this morning bound for Agadir in Morocco. File photo of EasyJet flight 2021

Packed easyJet plane makes emergency landing in Portugal after pilot falls ill during flight from London to Morocco

  • The flight diverted to Faro, Portugal, after taking off from London Gatwick today
  • Pilot landed because he was suffering an ‘indisposition’, airport source claims

A packed easyJet plane has reportedly had to make an emergency landing on the Algarve after the pilot fell ill.

The co-pilot is said to have landed the aircraft with 100 people on board.

It diverted to Faro in Portugal after taking off from London Gatwick just after 6.30am this morning bound for Agadir in Morocco. It was due to arrive at 9.25am local time.

Online flight trackers are showing the Airbus A320’s unscheduled stop following the mid-air alert.

Leading Portuguese daily Correio da Manha is reporting a Faro airport source has told it the diversion is the result of the pilot suffering an ‘indisposition’.

It diverted to Faro in Portugal after taking off from London Gatwick just after 6.30am this morning bound for Agadir in Morocco. File photo of EasyJet flight 2021

It said a red alert had been activated and the co-pilot successfully landed the plane. EasyJet has been approached for comment.

It is not yet clear what time the plane will now reach its destination and whether the pilot will continue on the flight or be taken to hospital.

An Aer Lingus passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing earlier this month in Dublin just minutes after take-off after a flock of pigeons was sucked into the aircraft’s engine.

Firefighters immediately scrambled onto the runway once the aircraft had landed following the bird strike this afternoon.

Passengers reported experiencing major vibrations on the plane after the flock of birds got trapped in the right engine.

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An Aer Lingus passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing earlier this month in Dublin just minutes after take-off after a flock of pigeons was sucked into the aircraft’s engine (file image)

 

Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11998915/Packed-easyJet-plane-makes-emergency-landing-Portugal.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490&rand=1270

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