Pilot suffers heart attack while taxiing at Glasgow Airport

KLM pilot was preparing for take-off on the runway


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An airline pilot suffered a heart attack as he was taxiing a plane on the runway at Glasgow Airport.

The captain of the KLM plane became ill as he was preparing to take off for Amsterdam.

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The Dutch pilot was resuscitated by the crew with the help of a passenger, and firefighters helped remove him from the plane, before he was transported to Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank.

The Scotsman reports that the co-pilot of the plane, which was carrying 128 people, took the plane back to the gate.

The plane was meant to take off at around 5pm but was eventually cancelled and passengers had their flights rebooked.

Speaking to the BBC, 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."

According to the Guardian, 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."