Ryanair flight to Newcastle diverted to Bordeaux after passenger taken ill

A flight from Alicante, travelling to Newcastle, declared a mid-air medical incident and diverted to Bordeaux.

By James Barker
Thursday, 06 June, 2019, 12:59
Ryanair aeroplanes on the tarmac

Ryanair flight FR4079 was scheduled to land at Newcastle at 10:30am on Thursday (June 6) morning. However, a female passenger on board the flight began feeling ill and a doctor on board requested the flight to land immediately. 

It is not known the condition of the 73 year old passenger, but a passenger on the flight contacted the Sunderland Echo and said she had been taken to hospital.

Keith Rutherford, from County Durham, was on the flight. He was travelling with his partner and three children, and explained that information about the emergency has been very vague. They were left sat on the tarmac of Bordeaux airport for nearly two hours and have only been given tap water to drink.

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A spokensperson for Ryanair said; "This flight from Alicante to Newcastle (June 6) diverted to Bordeaux after a customer became ill on board. The crew called ahead to request medical assistance, the aircraft landed normally and the customer was met by medics for further treatment. The aircraft will depart for Newcastle shortly.  Ryanair apologises to all customers for this short delay.”

An update from Mr Rutherford explained that the flight finally managed to set off again and arrived back in Newcastle Airport at 12:55pm (June 6).