Unwell staff force easyjet plane to return to Luton

File photo dated 21/04/10 of a plane of the budget airline easyJet, as beleaguered holiday firm Thomas Cook has reportedly signed a deal to book thousands of seats on flights run by low-cost carrier easyJet. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Sunday September 9, 2012. See PA story CITY Thomas Cook. Photo credit should read: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire ENGEMN00120121009090959
File photo dated 21/04/10 of a plane of the budget airline easyJet, as beleaguered holiday firm Thomas Cook has reportedly signed a deal to book thousands of seats on flights run by low-cost carrier easyJet. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Sunday September 9, 2012. See PA story CITY Thomas Cook. Photo credit should read: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire ENGEMN00120121009090959

An EasyJet flight to Tel Aviv has returned to Luton Airport after members of the crew reported feeling unwell.

The 7.05am flight took off from Luton late at 7.30am today (Fri) with 178 passengers but arrived back at the same airport just a few hours later.

Four crew members were being given medical attention “as a precautionary measure”, an airline spokesman said.

Paramedics were called to reports of patients suffering “breathing difficulties” but a spokeswoman said they were fine on arrival.

The budget airline said the flight would be delayed overnight “due to availability of spare aircraft.”

Passengers are being offered accommodation and food and the replacement flight will leave Luton at 1pm on Saturday.

Three ambulance crews, an ambulance officer, two rapid response vehicles and Hazardous Area Response Team all attended the scene.