A Ryanair flight from Liverpool declared a mid-air emergency after a passenger fell ill while travelling to Spain.

The plane, flight number FR9886, was on its way to Alicante but declared the emergency while it was flying over France.

Online flight tracker site Flightradar24 showed that the plane from Liverpool, which is popular with holidaymakers from Chester and Ellesmere Port, had been diverted to Bordeaux in southern France.

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The Irish airline giant later confirmed it was due to passenger illness.

A spokesman said: "This flight from Liverpool to Alicante (17 May) diverted to Bordeaux after a customer became ill on board.

"The crew called ahead to request medical assistance, the aircraft landed normally and the customer disembarked and was met by medics for further treatment.

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"The aircraft departed to Alicante shortly afterwards and Ryanair apologised to customers for the short delay to their flight.”