A RYANAIR flight made an emergency landing at Newcastle Airport last night after its pilot was taken ill.
The plane was carrying passengers from Liverpool to Oslo, in Norway, when it had to divert at the last minute.
According to reports, Ryanair flight FR9128 was already over the North Sea when the first officer was forced to take over.
The plane flew to Newcastle, the nearest airport, and made an emergency landing at 8.45 last night. Passengers waited at the airport until 11pm, when the captain was replaced.
The emergency caused a two-and-a-half hour delay to the flight, which eventually landed safely at Oslo’s Rygge Airport with a new captain.
A Ryanair spokesman said: “FR9128 from Liverpool to Oslo Rygge diverted to Newcastle after the captain became unwell in-flight.
“The first officer landed the aircraft normally and a standby captain was called out to operate the flight, with a two-and-a-half hour delay.
“Ryanair apologises sincerely to the passengers on this flight for the resultant delay.”
He would not comment further on the pilot’s illness.
A Newcastle Airport spokesman confirmed that the flight was diverted to the airport. “It came to us at about 8.45 last night and landed perfectly safely. It left again at about 11 o’clock. It was on its way to Oslo from Liverpool,” he said.
By Tom Rowley