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Glasgow Airport Emergency After Pilot Suffers Heart Attack As He Prepares To Take Off

The pilot remains in hospital in a stable condition.

03/12/2016 14:08 | Updated 03 December 2016

A pilot suffered a heart attack as he taxied to the runway at Glasgow Airport but his life was saved by the crew and a passenger who helped resuscitate him. 

The captain of the KLM aircraft became unwell as he was about to leave for Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, on Friday night.

Firefighters from Glasgow Airport helped take the Dutch pilot off the plane as the aircraft’s passengers were ordered to disembark. 

The pilot was met by ambulance crews and taken to the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank.

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A KLM pilot suffered a heart attack while taxiing to the runway at Glasgow Airport

The co-pilot of the plane, which had 128 people on board, took the aircraft back to the gate.

The flight was supposed to leave at around 5pm, but because of the emergency it was cancelled. Passengers on board had their flights re-booked.

A spokeswoman for KLM said: “During taxiing to the runway on this KLM flight to Amsterdam the captain became unwell and the staff treated him with the help of a passenger.

“He was taken to hospital where his condition is stable.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We took a call that a man was having a heart attack at Glasgow Airport. We attended the scene and arrived at 5.25pm.”

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