Ryanair flight to Spain returns to UK after pilot declares medical emergency

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RYANAIR: "The crew contacted ATC, the aircraft landed normally, and the passenger was met by medical personnel. " Photo credit: Ryanair

A RYANAIR aircraft made a U-turn an hour into its journey and returned to the UK after the pilot declared a medical emergency.

The incident happened on the flight from Manchester to Lanzarote in Spain’s Canary Islands this morning when it is understood an elderly male passenger collapsed.

The flight landed safely at Manchester Airport and paramedics attended the passenger before he was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital.

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It is thought he suffered a heart attack.

A Ryanair spokesperson said, “This flight from Manchester to Lanzarote (31 Aug) returned to Manchester shortly after take-off after a passenger became ill inflight.

“In line with procedures, the crew contacted ATC, the aircraft landed normally, and the passenger was met by medical personnel. The aircraft has since departed to Lanzarote.”

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