I was actually on board. This was indeed LH420 FRA
on D-AIGI and we got diverted to MAN
due to a medical emergency. A passenger (on my row, two seats away from me in fact) started feeling very ill as we were crossing into Ireland. The crew called for a Dr / medical personnel (and one volunteered) and moved the passenger towards the front of the plane (maybe there was an empty seat in C class? I couldn't see). Then about 30 mins after we left Ireland behind we did a u-turn and the captain announced that we were diverting to MAN
(I wonder why MAN
and not somewhere in Ireland which was closer). We also had to dump fuel on the way. After landing at MAN
we taxied to a remote parking position where several emergency vehicles were waiting for us. After they got the ill passenger off the plane we got refuelled (this was the first time I heard F/As say "make sure your seat belt is NOT fastened during the refuelling procedure!!!") and finally we were on our way again. We arrived at Logan about 2.5 hours late, which in the end was not bad given that the diversion was about an hour each way and we stayed on the ground at MAN
for another hour or so.
If anyone knows what happened to the ill passenger please share. My best wishes for a prompt recovery.
I'd also like to give a "tip of the hat" to the crew for dealing with a difficult situation in a very professional and efficient manner.
[Edited 2012-04-29 21:44:12]
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