Ryanair pilot faints just before landing as plane faces fiery thunderstorms

The passengers of the flight had a particularly harrowing day: first, their plane was diverted due to bad weather and secondly one of the pilots passed out in the cockpit!


                            Ryanair pilot faints just before landing as plane faces fiery thunderstorms

A plane flying from London Stansted to Palermo in Italy had to be diverted to Trapani, 67 miles away after thunderstorms caused significant turbulence in the area. As the plane approached the airport last Thursday evening, the captain of the flight was forced to land the aircraft himself after his co-pilot passed out! In a conversation with The Sun, a source claimed that the first officer was “not able to function” and was subsequently rushed to the hospital after being examined by the medical staff.

Treacherous weather on Thursday evening meant the plane had to be diverted. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)
Treacherous weather on Thursday evening meant the plane had to be diverted. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

Ryanair confirmed the news and revealed that as the plane was landing, the co-pilot "briefly fainted" and was assessed by doctors before being released from the hospital. While there were no issues with the crew, the primary reason for diverting the flight was the turbulence caused by thunderstorms over Palermo, the airline added.



In a statement, Ryanair said: “The first officer on this flight briefly fainted while the aircraft was being landed by the captain at Trapani. He was examined by local medical staff and taken to [a] hospital, where he was examined and released shortly thereafter without suffering any ill effects whatsoever.”



The incident occurred just a day after a Ryanair flight was struck by lightning near Birmingham and forced to land at Stansted Airport. The Irish Aviation Authority, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, and the Italian Police are yet to respond to requests for comment made by The Sun.