A Jet2 flight was heading from Birmingham Airport to Antalya in Turkey on August 23 but had to make an unscheduled stopover in Greece due to what the airline called a medical emergency.

Jet2 flight forced to make emergency landing after pilot ‘passed out’ at 30,000ft

Birmingham Jet2 flight is forced to make an emergency landing after pilot ‘passes out’ at 30,000ft

  • Passengers experienced a moment of terror when their pilot passed out on Tuesday
  • There was a commotion at the front of the aircraft following an episode of turbulence
  • A plane heading from Birmingham to Antalya, Turkey, made an emergency landing
  • Passengers were left on the runway at Greece’s Thessaloniki airport for over an hour
  • They will not receive compensation as medical emergencies are not covered by Jet2’s compensation policy

Shaken air passengers experienced a moment of terror at 30,000 feet on Tuesday when their pilot allegedly “passed out”, forcing the co-pilot to make an emergency landing.

A Jet2 flight was heading from Birmingham Airport to Antalya in Turkey on August 23 but had to make an unscheduled stopover in Greece due to what the airline called a medical emergency.

Passengers knew something was wrong when there was a commotion at the front of the plane, which took place on Tuesday August 23.

A traveler told Birmingham Live the ordeal began when the plane encountered turbulence.

‘While we were all [seated] we noticed that something was happening at the front of the plane.

“We thought someone had injured themselves in the toilet while experiencing turbulence…then we were told we were landing in Greece due to a medical emergency on board.

The passenger added that he was not told that a pilot had passed out and the plane quickly began to descend before landing on the tarmac at Thessaloniki airport.

A Jet2 spokesman insisted the flight was diverted as a “precautionary measure”.

A Jet2 flight was heading from Birmingham Airport to Antalya in Turkey on August 23 but had to make an unscheduled stopover in Greece due to what the airline called a medical emergency.

The delayed traveler said staff did “everything they could” to keep people informed once passengers left the plane and entered the airport terminal.

But they weren’t allowed to disembark until an ambulance evacuated the stricken pilot, which took more than an hour.

Flight attendants reportedly informed flyers that the pilot had ‘passed out’ after the travelers arrived at the airport.

But medical emergencies are not covered by Jet2’s compensation policy, meaning delayed passengers received no compensation.

A furious holidaymaker claimed the ordeal delayed the start of his holiday by eight hours.

They said their family of four had received a voucher for 15 euros each which covered a ‘basic meal’, but had not been offered any refunds or discounts on future flights.

A Jet2 spokesperson said:

A Jet2 spokesperson said: ‘Flight LS1239 from Birmingham to Antalya was diverted to Thessaloniki Airport as a precaution on Tuesday 23rd August’

“People were worried because we had just gone through some turbulence and we didn’t know what was going on,” said one traveler.

‘[Passengers] then I got frustrated because once we got off the plane no one was updating us. The crew was amazing, but once at the airport it was chaos.

A Jet2 spokesperson said: “Flight LS1239 from Birmingham to Antalya was diverted to Thessaloniki Airport as a precaution on Tuesday August 23 due to one of the pilots becoming unwell.

“A replacement crew has been sent to Thessaloniki so that we can bring customers to Antalya the same evening.

“We communicated this to our customers as soon as possible and our teams have worked extremely hard to take care of everyone.

“We would like to apologize to anyone affected by this unforeseen delay.”

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Jet2 flight forced to make emergency landing after pilot ‘passed out’ at 30,000ft

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