UPDATE: Man dies following medical emergency on Jet2 flight from Spain

The Jet2 flight from Spain triggers an alert after the declaration of a “medical emergency”. Image: Jet2

JET2 has released further information regarding the medical emergency declared on board a passenger flight from Malaga in Spain to Scotland last week.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m. (May 10) – Further information has been released by passenger airline Jet2 regarding LS134 from Malaga in Spain to Glasgow on Thursday May 5, which was diverted to France following a medical emergency.

After the passenger flight from Spain to Scotland shouted 7700, which immediately alerts all air traffic control facilities in the area that the plane has an emergency, it was diverted to the airport from Nantes Atlantique in France, and now the airline has provided a heartbreaking update on the passenger who suffered the medical emergency.

A Jet2.com spokesperson said: “Flight LS134 from Malaga to Glasgow was diverted to Nantes last week due to a customer requiring urgent medical attention.

“Unfortunately, we can confirm that the client has sadly passed away.

“We would like to express our deepest condolences to the client’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Other reports reveal that it was a man traveling with his brother who died suddenly during the flight and that two football fans helped protect the man’s dignity by “hiding him from view of other passengers”.

After his family was informed of their father’s sudden death, they searched ‘two Rangers fans’ via social media for paying their father ‘respect and dignity’ during the robbery.

The social media post read: “I am trying to identify two Rangers fans who were diverted to France traveling from Malaga to Glasgow on May 5.

“I would like to try to find these two men because my father died in flight and they covered him with their flag to give him respect and dignity.

“I want to personally thank these men for what they did for my father and his brother who were on the plane.

“These men showed him so much compassion during the flight, I just want to personally express my gratitude. Thank you.”

The two Rangers fans have been identified as Kevin Thom and Jimmy Gow following the high-profile Facebook post, which has been updated to thank the couple for the ‘comfort and support’ they have provided to the man aboard the flight.

The message read: ‘We would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Kevin Thom and Jimmy Gow for their actions on a return flight to Glasgow on May 5, 2022.

“A man, traveling with his brother, died suddenly during this flight and Kevin and Jimmy have shown exceptional compassion and support throughout this tragic incident.

“In addition to providing support and comfort to the passenger’s brother, they protected the dignity of the deceased man by hiding him from view of other passengers.

“Thank you, Kevin and Jimmy.

“It was a sudden and tragic incident, but the gentleman’s family appreciates, respects and takes comfort in your involvement.

“Respect to both of you. »

Kevin said: “What Jimmy and I did on that flight was nothing more than what I would like to think someone would have done for me in a similar situation.

“What we did was nothing compared to what the crew did.

“A midwife was also on board, and she helped the crew try to resuscitate the poor guy, so she should get the credit she deserves.

“They were really really amazing in their efforts to save him and should get all the credit for their efforts, not me and Jimmy.

“I am in direct contact with the family following the social media cry and would prefer to leave it at that.”

ORIGINAL 06:55 (May 6) – Jet2 flight LS134 from Malaga to Glasgow on Thursday May 5 whistled 7700 and had to be diverted to France due to a medical emergency suffered by a passenger.

The plane took off from the sunny Spanish city at 11.55am and began its journey to Glasgow Airport. It was due to land in the Scottish town at 2:25 p.m.

However, an in-flight emergency forced the flight to be diverted to Nantes, France – the country also diverted a plane bound for Spain on May 3.

According to the flight tracking site Flightradar24, the plane sounded the cry about two hours into the flight as it flew over the Bay of Biscay near the town of Lorient and quickly began its descent towards Nantes Atlantique Airport. He landed at the French airport around 12:20 p.m.

A Jet2 spokesperson said: “Due to a customer on board requiring medical attention, our crew diverted the aircraft to Nantes and requested medical assistance upon landing.”

Talk to Flightradar24Captain Ken Hoke explained that “shouting 7700” is a way to declare an emergency and is based on the air traffic control facilities emergency code.

Cpt Hoke, captain of Boeing 757/767 for an express parcel airline and AeroSavvy website contributor, told the website: “If a crew resets their transponder to the emergency code of 7700 (shouting 7700), all air traffic control facilities in the area are immediately alerted that the aircraft is in an emergency.

“It’s up to the crew to let ATC know what the exact situation is. It could be an aircraft problem, a medical problem or something else.

“In some cases, a crew may choose not to change their transponder to 7700 (it is not mandatory). If I speak to Chicago Approach and have a problem, I will tell them the problem, declare an emergency by radio, and land vectors immediately.

“In an international environment where language and communication can be difficult, the 7700’s shout makes it very clear to ATC that the crew needs priority and assistance,” he said.

This is not the first Jet2 flight to Scotland from Spain forced to make an emergency landing due to a medical emergency on board.

On April 7, a flight from Alicante had to send a squark 7700 alert after a medical emergency was declared on board.

The flight was heading for Edinburgh, Scotland, when it issued the alert as it flew over the Yorkshire Dales.

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