An EasyJet made an emergency landing in Scotland after the captain took ill and reportedly spent the final approach and landing on the toilet inside the lavatory.
Loo-ny Landing: Emergency Landing In Scotland on EasyJet With Captain In Lavatory
EasyJet flight 6938, traveling from Heraklion (HER) to Edinburgh (EDI) on June 12, 2022, departed from the Greek island of Crete over an hour late. As the plane approached the Scottish capital, a distress call went out from the cockpit.
As one passengers told the Scottish Sun:
“The captain had been seen going into the toilet and not coming out.
“The plane was met on the runway by five fire engines and two ambulances and after landing.
“The very young looking co-pilot announced on the tannoy that the emergency response was due to the captain taking ill.”
Interestingly, the passenger also noted the first officer told the plane that they had been on duty for 13 hours.
An EasyJet spokesperson confirmed an incident had occurred onboard:
“EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY6938 from Heraklion to Edinburgh on 12 June requested an expedited landing due to the Captain becoming unwell while on approach to Edinburgh.
“The First Officer landed the aircraft in line with standard operating procedures and the Captain was met by paramedics on arrival as a precaution.
“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority.”
Does anyone else find it interesting that the first officer mentioned the flight crew had been on duty for 13 hours? Was the first officer implying that was the reason the captain couldn’t hold it any longer?
When nature calls, nature calls…even if it is while the aircraft is landing.
In all seriousness, I’m happy the aircraft landed without incident and wish the captain a speedy recovery.
Good thing both pilots did not have the ψάρι (fish)…
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