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Sick captain forces transatlantic flight to divert

The captain was taken to a local hospital where he is said to be recovering.

A transatlantic flight was forced to divert to Ireland after the captain was taken ill.

The Norwegian Air service from the United States to Denmark, with 266 passengers and crew on board, landed safely at Shannon Airport after crew declared a medical emergency.

The captain was taken to a local hospital where he is said to be recovering.

A spokesman for the airline said another qualified crew member stood in for the captain as pilots made the unscheduled landing in Shannon.

“The safety and security of our passengers and crew is Norwegian’s highest priority and the diversion was made as a precaution after the captain fell ill,” a spokesman for Norwegian Air said.

“The captain was replaced and the flight resumed to Copenhagen. We would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Norwegian Air flight DY7042 was en route from Fort Lauderdale in Florida to Copenhagen when it had to divert.

The captain was said to be doing fine after being treated in hospital in Limerick city.

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