Flights: London plane forced to divert to Iceland when medical emergency strikes

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flights london air new zeland icelandFlights: London plane forced to divert to Iceland when medical emergency strikes (Image: Getty Images)

A flight from Los Angeles, USA to London had to make an emergency landing after a passenger fell ill during the flight to the UK.

The Air New Zealand flight had to change its course to Iceland so the passenger could receive medical treatment.

Flight NZ2 was just off the southeast coast of Greenland when it had to make the diversion.

The Boeing 777-300 aircraft landed at Keflavik International Airport so the passenger could be tended to.

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Flights: Air New Zealand plane headed for London forced to divert to Iceland when medical emergency strikes

An Air New Zealand spokeswoman confirmed the plane was diverted because a passenger became unwell.

"The customer was disembarked to receive medical care and the flight was refuelled and then continued on to London around one hour and 30 minutes late," she told New Zealand news site Stuff.

It’s unclear how serious the medical emergency was or what the passenger was suffering from.

Following the diversion to the North Atlantic island, the plane continued on its route to Heathrow Airport in London.

Data shows that the aircraft left Los Angeles International Airport at 5.23pm local time yesterday and landed in Iceland just over eight hours later.

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