F1 Great Sir Jackie Stewart Taken To Hospital
Sir Jackie Stewart, one of the greatest Formula One drivers to ever grace the track, was taken to the hospital this afternoon after falling ill on a plane bound for London.
Reports are circulating that state that the British Airways cabin crew gave first aid to Sir Jackie Stewart, after he complained about chest pains on the flight. Paramedics met the three-time world champion when the plane landed at Heathrow at 12:40pm.
Former Formula One driver Jackie Stewart was taken to Hillingdon Hospital in west London as a precaution. Stewarts’s son Paul told the BBC that Jackie had passed out and was taken to the hospital just to be safe.
"I've just spoken to him in hospital. He seemed absolutely fine but obviously something happened and we need to establish what, but I'm on my way to see him right now. I should think he'll just be checked over and hopefully it will be nothing more sinister than that,” he said.
The BBC is reporting that according to journalists on the flight, the captain of the aircraft called out for any medical personal, as there was a medical emergency onboard. It was reported that Jackie Stewart went up to use the facilities but never returned.
"Our flight crew requested a priority landing so that a male passenger could receive medical attention immediately on arrival," BA said. "Our cabin crew cared for the customer during the flight. We wish him well."
Sir Jackie Stewart was one of the most successful Formula One drivers of all time and he won the drivers’ world championship in 1969, 1971 and 1973. He won 27 races between the years of 1965 and 1973 and he went on to own his own race team between 1997 and 1999, winning only won race.
Sir Jackie Stewart is currently 71 years old.
[BBC Sport, waldopepper]