Medical emergency forces unscheduled landing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A medical emergency on board an international flight forced an unscheduled landing in the Lowcountry.

Officials with Charleston International Airport say the TAME Airlines Airbus A330-200 left JFK International Airport and had to divert to Joint Base Charleston early Tuesday morning.

Officials say a woman, one of 70 passengers and 9 crew members on board the flight, was suffering from a medical condition and had trouble breathing.

Airport officials say the flight, bound for Ecuador, could not land at Charleston International Airport because the ground crew had ended its shift. {}

Officials said the woman was de-planed at the base and was seen by the U.S. Air Force Crash/Fire/Rescue personnel and Charleston County EMS. Despite their suggestion, she declined transport to a hospital.

Officials with the Charleston County Aviation Authority said the plane refueled and continued on from there.

Information from the Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs office was not immediately available.

CCAA officials said Charleston International Airport handled 34 diversions last year. So far this year there have been seven.