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Lufthansa flight diverted to St. John’s ‘due to pilot being incapacitated’

A Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 featuring the company's new crane logo parked in the Helmut Schmidt Airport in Hamburg, Germany. Axel Heimken/DPA via ZUMA Press

A Lufthansa Airlines flight was forced to divert to St. John’s, Newfoundland, on Tuesday night, “due to a pilot being incapacitated,” according to a Transport Canada report.

The flight was originally scheduled to fly from Newark, N.J., to Düsseldorf, Germany, before it declared mayday.

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The flight was initially diverted to Halifax because of poor weather before eventually being sent to St. John’s.

The report says a single pilot landed the plane without incident at St. John’s International Airport.

Passengers on the plane say they were told by Lufthansa that the co-pilot had been taken to hospital for treatment.

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Sebastion Matthes said on Twitter that he was on a flight out of St.John’s, although other passengers were going to be stuck in Newfoundland until the weekend.

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Matthes also said that while he was on his way home to Germany, the plane he landed on was headed to Düsseldorf but he said “they cannot take us.”

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