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JetBlue plane held at RDU after passenger becomes ill

A pile of jetBlue buttons sits on a food table near the departure gate at RDU International Airport as jetBlue service begins at the airport in this July 2, 2006, file photo.
A pile of jetBlue buttons sits on a food table near the departure gate at RDU International Airport as jetBlue service begins at the airport in this July 2, 2006, file photo. JOHN ROTTET

A JetBlue flight arriving from Boston Wednesday afternoon was held on a taxiway at Raleigh-Durham International Airport for emergency medical technicians who removed a passenger who had become ill during the flight.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was alerted after Flight 1083 arrived on schedule at 1:16 p.m.

“We do have a plane that’s under detention,” RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer said at 1:40 p.m. “The tower called the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), per protocol.”

Sawyer said later that the jet had been held on the taxiway for about 15 minutes until emergency medical workers arrived and asked the pilot to taxi to the terminal gate.

“They brought the passenger off and put him away from the other folks,” Sawyer said. The ill passenger was taken to a hospital, and the other passengers were allowed to go their way. He declined to provide details of the passenger’s illness.

Bruce Siceloff: 919-829-4527, @Road_Worrier

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