The Etihad plane was flying from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi. But an onboard emergency has seen it rerouted to Edinburgh Airport
A TRANSATLANTIC flight declared an onboard EMERGENCY while travelling over Shetland.
The Etihad plane, believed to be a Boeing 777, was flying from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi.
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But an onboard medical emergency has seen it rerouted over Scotland, with Edinburgh Airport its new destination.
It’s understood that a woman in her fifties had been suffering from chest pains.
An ambulance was scrambled to the airport to meet the plane when it landed.
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We received a call at 9.54am today to attend an incident at Edinburgh Airport.
“We dispatched one ambulance to the scene.”
Online flight trackers announced that the plane was being diverted shortly after 9.40am this morning.
Airlive said: “Etihad
#EY170 from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi is declaring an emergency and diverting.”
Edinburgh Airport confirmed that it was receiving the plane following it’s diversion.
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Etihad confirmed that the flight would be delayed while the emergency was dealt with.
And bosses said they were assisting with passengers affected by the diversion.
A spokesperson for the airline said: “Etihad Airways flight EY170 from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi, which departed on November 29, has diverted to Edinburgh due to a medical emergency.