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."



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