Plane lands at Keflavik for unwell passenger

An Airbus A333 passenger jet on the way from Amsterdam to Detroit yesterday had to make an unscheduled stop in Iceland to offload a sick passenger.

The sick passenger was in need of a doctor – and medical staff were waiting at the gate when the aircraft landed.

Hjordis Gudmundsdottir, spokesperson for Keflavik International Airport, told Visir.is that medical landings like this one are surprisingly common and it is quite normal for the planes to continue their journeys leaving the unwell passengers behind in Iceland for treatment.

If the passenger had travel insurance, it will likely prove easy to book an onward flight to Detroit or back to Amsterdam.