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Alarm and turn-back as Jetstar passenger vomits blood

October 10, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A Jetstar flight from Sydney to Darwin turned back when a passenger started vomiting blood. Paramedics, including one in a HAZMAT suit, rushed the man to hospital under police guard.

It happened on Wednesday night, night of the so-called “Blood Moon” total lunar eclipse, when the moon turned a red colour.

The moon had nothing to do with the man’s symptoms and neither, mercifully, did Ebola. Airports are on high alert after the recent spread by air travel of Ebola to the US and Europe.

In this case, however, the 54-year-old man had no fever and no history of travel to Ebola-infected regions. He was reported to have a pre-existing liver condition and he is now in in hospital.

The man was travelling on flight JQ 672 when he fell ill and started vomiting about an hour into the flight, Channel Nine News reported.

A Jetstar spokesman described the flight’s return to Sydney as a precautionary measure carried out as standard procedure.

It was approaching 11pm when the plane landed in Sydney. The aircraft could not take off again because of the airport curfew, so passengers were put up at local hotels or arrangements made for their transport home. Two flights to Darwin were scheduled for last night.

Written by : Peter Needham

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