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Flight makes emergency landing after Jet2 pilot faints

Christian Fernsby |
An off-duty pilot, aboard a Jet2 flight from Manchester to Madeira, swung into action and safely landed the plane after the pilot fainted mid-air.

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Topics: JET2    FLIGHT    EMERGENCY   

The off-duty pilot, who was on a holiday, entered the cabin when the pilot of the Boeing 757 fell ill and made an emergency landing at Porto. "They made the announcement that there had been an incident on the flight deck and another Jet2 pilot who happened to be on holiday came forward from the back of the plane," Nicholas Banks, a bank worker who was on the plane told Daily Mail.

Runway at Porto was closed for half an hour for the emergency landing where the 40-year-old pilot is understood to have been taken to hospital on arrival. The passenger Banks added, "He (the off-duty pilot) offered up his services to the crew and went into the cabin. He didn't come out until he helped the first officer land the plane."

While a Jet2 spokeswoman told Daily Mail that after the pilot fell ill, the First Officer seated next to him landed the plane 'as it should have been'.

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