One Ryanair captain was forced to land a diverted flight alone after the male co-pilot passed out reportedly after hitting his head during turbulence.
Ryanair Flight FR3918 from London’s Stansted Airport to Palermo, Italy was forced to make an emergency landing in the Sicilian city of Trapani due to a “raging thunderstorm” in the region, Express reported. A rep for Ryanair confirmed the Aug. 23 incident to Fox News.
According to the outlet, the unnamed co-pilot “briefly fainted” in the plane’s cockpit just before the Boeing 737 was set to land. As per the Aviation Herald, Italian media initially reported that the copilot hit his head during turbulence, which led to him passing out.
Upon safely landing and deplaning, the co-pilot was hospitalized and examined, the Ryanair spokesperson told Fox News.
“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 hospital, where he was examined and released shortly thereafter without suffering any ill effects whatsoever,” the rep said.
The aircraft subsequently was inspected by Ryanair engineers, and was cleared to return to service, Express reported.