Sick Pilot Causes Emergency Plane Landing

A plane en route from Paris to New York was forced to make an emergency landing because of a sick pilot.

The Air France flight traveling from Charles de Gaulle in Paris to New York's JFK diverted to Iceland's Keflavik Airport just after 1 p.m. local time on Monday.

Airport spokeswoman Hjordis Gudmunsdottir told AFP the plane with 232 passengers onboard landed without incident, but provided no details on what caused the pilot to fall ill.

"The passengers were provided with hotel accommodations and we sent another flight deck crew to Reykjavik," says Air France spokeswoman Karen Gillo to AOL Travel News.

Gillo confirmed the plane and passengers made it make to New York this morning, but was unable to comment on the status of the sick pilot.

Gillo says this is the first time in the three years she has worked for Air France that she has heard of a flight being diverted due to a sick pilot, but adds although the situation was unusual the emergency landing was "deemed necessary."

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