UPDATE – May 18, 2012:
Airnation.net has learned that the Delta captain suffered symptoms of a heart attack and the captain himself made the decision to divert to Miami as a precaution.
Their is still no word on his condition.
A Delta Airlines jet heading to JFK diverted to Miami (MIA) for an emergency landing yesterday morning after the Captain became ill.
A source who had two relatives on the flight told Airnation.net that crew members asked for a doctor over the passengers cabin PA system and the flight made a ‘quick emergency descent’ in to Miami.
Both the pilot and two first officers were replaced before resuming the flight to JFK, which landed after a three and a half hour delay.
Delta Airlines released a brief statement to Airnation.net:
Flight #120 diverted to Miami due to a crew member illness. The pilot crew was replaced by a new pilot crew in Miami and landed at JFK 3 hours and 20 minutes late.
There is no word on the condition of the pilot.