A Long Island man’s trip to rehab became more of a nightmare than he could’ve imagined. He overdosed on the plane, almost causing an emergency landing.
The 24-year-old was on a flight from New York to Florida, headed to rehab for his drug addiction. Officials say the Bethpage resident overdosed on anxiety pills and heroin, as his flight was about to take off from Kennedy Airport.
It happened Wednesday at about 10:30 PM. The pilots were forced to return to a JFK terminal, officials said Thursday.
At the time of his overdose, the plane was preparing for take-off on the taxiway. That’s when the man started going in and out of consciousness and foaming at the mouth, say officials. Witnesses said he was also having a hard time breathing.
The plane was immediately brought back to a terminal, where Port Authority Officers Eric Stern and Sean Pomerantz, who are assigned to the airport’s Medical Ambulance, met the victim.
The two first responders gave the plane passenger a shot of Narcan, which stabilized the man’s vitals.
He was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is expected to recover, officials said.