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Medevac flight forced to return to Bermuda

A plane carrying out a medical evacuation was forced to return to the Island after encountering mechanical problems.

According to a Department of Marine and Port Services incident report, the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre (RCC) Bermuda was contacted by New York Air Traffic Control at around 4.14am yesterday about the emergency diversion of Medevac 988QC, which had departed the Island on route to Boston.

“The pilot reported mechanical problems with the cabin pressure fluctuating, was not declaring an emergency and was five minutes from landing,” the report stated.

“Bermuda Radio notified [the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service] and advised them to send an ambulance to the airport to transfer the patient back to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.”

The aircraft landed in Bermuda without incident at 6.18am, and the patient was safely transported back to the hospital.