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International flight diverted to Joint Base Charleston

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The Charleston Aviation Authority reports it was at 2:05 Tuesday morning officials were notified about a “medical diversion” on its way to Charleston International from JFK in New York.

The TAME Airlines flight reported having a female passenger on the Airbus A330-200 who was experiencing breathing problems. The plane with 70 passengers and 9 crew members was directed to land at the Charleston Air Force Base because Charleston International did not have a ground crew on duty at the time.

Authority officials say there was not a crew available because the airport does not have scheduled outgoing or incoming flights between midnight and 4 a.m.

Responding crews included U.S. Air Force Rescue as well as Charleston County EMS. Officials say the passenger was advised that she should go to the hospital but she declined medical treatment. The plane then refueled and left Charleston at 4:30am bound for Ecuador.

This is not the first time such diversions have happened locally. Aviation Authority officials say Charleston International handled 34 in 2013 and seven so far in 2014.

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