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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 18 2017 – A London bound flight from the Robert L Bradshaw Airport was forced to land in Spain on Thursday after a passenger became ill.

The British Airways flight 2256, which travelled via Antigua’s VC Bird International Airport on the way to Gatwick, landed on Terceira Island, off Portugal, before going on to Barajas International Airport in Madrid, Spain.

Terceira is an island in the Azores archipelago, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The flight arrived in Spain just before 1 p.m. (local time) which was around the time it should have been in London.

A spokesman for British Airways confirmed that the diversion was necessary after a passenger appeared sick.

“We offered customers lunch vouchers to help with the wait after we diverted the aircraft to get medical help for an unwell customer,” she said.

“We are sorry for the delay and will get our customers to Gatwick as soon as we can.”

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