Medical situation grounds Saudi flight in Moncton
The flight, en route from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to New York, was forced to land because of a medical problem
A Saudia Airlines Flight made an unscheduled stop at the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport Friday afternoon.
The flight, en route from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to New York, was forced to land because of a medical situation.
Julie Pondant, spokesperson for the airport, said landings because of medical reasons are not uncommon.
"This is something that happens once in awhile when we have medical diversions like that," said Pondant. "An aircraft usually goes to the closest airport to land to be able to deplane the passenger."
What is somewhat unusual is the size of the plane. The Boeing 777 is the largest twinjet plane in existence and not usually seen at the airport.
"We don't typically see [them] in Moncton," said Pondant.
Pondant said the plane was on the ground for 60 to 90 minutes.
The airport couldn't release any information on the passenger.
The airline has not responded to a CBC News request for comment.