A Norwegian flight from Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen was diverted to Shannon Airport on Wednesday after the pilot became incapacitated following a number of seizures.
Norwegian flight #DY7042 was west of Ireland when the co-pilot of the aircraft issued a pan-pan call, advising the ATC that a “crew member” had fallen ill.
According to The Sun, the 51-year-old pilot had suffered a number of seizures during the flight.
The co-pilot confirmed, with the controllers, that there was a third pilot on board at the time. The third pilot assisted with the diversion and emergency landing.
The Boeing 787-8 (reg. LN-LNE) with 266 passengers and crew, landed safely in Shannon at 09:54 UTC.
The plane was greeted on the runway by an ambulance. The pilot was assessed while on board the aircraft and was removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.
A Norwegian Air spokesperson said “Flight DY7042 from Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen was diverted to Shannon Airport this morning where it landed safely. The captain was replaced and the flight resumed to Copenhagen this afternoon. We would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience caused.”