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Captain dislocates his shoulder in the cockpit.
An easyJet flight was forced to make an emergency landing after the captain mysteriously suffered a dislocated shoulder.
According to reports, a bizarre cockpit accident resulted in the captain becoming “incapacitated”.
In a call to air traffic controllers, the co-pilot requested permission to land at Faro airport in Portugal.
Passengers on the flight were told they were diverting due to an on-board emergency, before the First Officer landed the plane safely.
The injured captain was met by paramedics and taken to hospital for treatment.
Due to the crew reaching their maximum legal operating hours, passengers were taken to a hotel for an overnight stay and continued on their journey to Morocco the following morning.
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A spokesman for easyJet said: “EasyJet can confirm that flight EZY2213 from Luton to Agadir on 10 April diverted to Faro due to the Captain requiring medical assistance. The First Officer landed the aircraft in line with standard operating procedures and the Captain was met by paramedics on arrival.
“Unfortunately, the diversion meant the crew reached their maximum legal operating hours and so the flight was delayed overnight and departed the following day. easyJet did everything possible to minimise the disruption for our passengers, providing hotel rooms and meals where required.
“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority. Whilst this was outside of our control, we would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused and thank them for their patience and understanding.”
The airline said the nature of the injury could not be revealed due to medical confidentiality.