TUI flight in mid-air drama after East Midlands Airport take-off

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A TUI flight from East Midlands Airport has been diverted to London Gatwick after a passenger fell ill on board. The plane took off at about 6.15am today for Palma de Mallorca.

The plane climbed to an altitude of 37,000ft before the crew declared an emergency upon reaching the French coast. It was then diverted to London Gatwick where the plane landed at about 7.15am local time and medical teams arrived to take a passenger off the flight.

The flight has since continued onward to Spain with the callsign TOM9BP.

A TUI spokesperson told The Mirror: "Unfortunately flight TOM7692 was diverted to London Gatwick this morning after a passenger became ill. The passenger in question was quickly seen to by medical professionals on the ground. The flight was able to depart again to Palma shortly after. As always, the safety of our passengers and crew is of our upmost priority."

Flight Radar, an aircraft live tracker, showed the flight continued on its route through France and the Mediterranean without incident following take off from London Gatwick.

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