Thursday, 8 December 2016

Virgin Atlantic flight from Lagos to London declares emergency after a passenger fell ill

Virgin Atlantic flight from Lagos to London declares emergency after a passenger fell ill

A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic told Chat212 FM: 'Unfortunately one of our customers required urgent medical assistance while flying from Lagos to London Heathrow on our flight VS652 today.


At 32,650ft the captain issued an alert for a priority landing and urgent medical assistance after a passenger fell ill. Flight VS652 diverted to Marseille Provence Airport

'The captain has requested a priority landing at Marseille and the flight will be met by the medical services who will take care of the unwell customer.

'The flight will then continue its journey onto London Heathrow. We're sorry for the delay and any inconvenience caused.' 

The aircraft has now departed Marseille and will arrive at London Heathrow one hour and 45 minutes late.


A Virgin Atlantic passenger jet flying from Lagos to London Heathrow declared a mid-air emergency and landed in Marseille.

A Virgin Atlantic passenger jet flying from Lagos to London Heathrow declared a mid-air medical emergency and landed in Marseille.

The Airbus A340, which departed Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, at 10.59am, was scheduled to land at London Heathrow airport on Thursday evening at 4.55pm.

But five hours into the journey, at 32,650ft, the captain issued an alert for a priority landing and urgent medical assistance after a passenger fell ill.

Flight VS652 diverted to Marseille Provence Airport.