Three-time F1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart has been taken to hospital after falling ill and passing out on a flight from Geneva to London.
Stewart was on a British Airways flight returning to London Heathrow from the Geneva Motor Show, and it is understood that the 71-year-old got up to go to the toilet but never returned to his seat. He also reportedly complained of chest pains.
Journalists on-board have revealed that the pilot asked passengers if there were any medical experts on the 'plane as there was a medical emergency. Stewart subsequently received first aid from BA stewardesses before the aircraft landed at Heathrow's Terminal 5 at around 12:40pm, being met by paramedics who transported the Scot to Hillingdon Hospital in west London.
'Our flight crew requested a priority landing so that a male passenger could receive medical attention immediately on arrival,' read a BA statement, reported by the Press Association
. 'Our cabin crew cared for the customer during the flight. We wish him well.'
“He did pass out and as a precaution he was taken to hospital to be looked at,” Sir Jackie's eldest son Paul told BBC Sport
. “I've just spoken to him in hospital. He seemed absolutely fine, but obviously something happened and we need to establish what. I'm on my way to see him right now. I should think he'll just be checked over, and hopefully it will be nothing more sinister than that.”