Plane diverted to Dusseldorf airport after passenger dies


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A plane was forced to make an emergency diversion and land after a passenger died on board, an airline said today.

The incident happened on board a flight from Leeds Bradford Airport to Prague last Friday, Jet2 said.

It was reported that the passenger, believed to be a 22-year-old man, suffered serious breathing difficulties as the plane was travelling north of Dusseldorf in Germany.

The pilot made an emergency diversion to Dusseldorf and landed.

A spokeswoman for confirmed a passenger had died, and passed on condolences to his family.

She said: "Due to a passenger becoming unwell on the Leeds Bradford to Prague flight on Friday, the captain diverted the aircraft to Dusseldorf to seek urgent medical attention.

"We can confirm that the passenger did sadly pass away. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time.

"The other passengers were looked after and comforted in Dusseldorf and the flight continued to Prague later that evening."