Tyne & Wear

Ryanair flight diverted to Newcastle over sick captain

A passenger flight was diverted to Newcastle Airport after the captain became ill.

The Ryanair flight had taken off from Liverpool and was travelling to Oslo on Sunday night.

Ryanair said the first officer landed the plane and a stand-by captain was called to operate the flight after a two-and-a-half hour delay.

A Newcastle Airport spokesman said the plane landed safely at about 20:45 GMT.

A Ryanair statement said: "FR9128 from Liverpool to Oslo Rygge diverted to Newcastle after the captain became unwell in-flight.

"The first officer landed the aircraft normally and a standby captain was called out to operate the flight, with a two-and-a-half hour delay.

"Ryanair apologises sincerely to the passengers on this flight for the resultant delay."

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