Stewart admitted to hospital with chest pains
2 March 2011 – Former World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart has been admitted to hospital with chest pains following a flight from the Geneva motor show to London Heathrow. The 71-year-old, accompanied by wife Helen, is currently being treated in Hillingdon Hospital.
With a selection of motorsport personalities in transit to and from the world-famous Swiss motor show today, it is understood that the Scot – World Champion of 1969, 1971 and 1973 – received first aid on-board the British Airways plane before being met by paramedics as it landed at Heathrow's Terminal 5 at approximately 12:45pm local time (GMT).
‘The pilot asked passengers if there were any medical personnel on the plane, stating that there was a medical emergency,’ reads a report from British publication Autoblog. ‘Journalists were on the plane - they report that Stewart got up to go to the toilet during the flight but never returned to his seat.
‘He was sitting up and conscious as the plane landed, but was apparently taken away for further medical examination.'
According to BBC Sport, son and former Formula 1 Team Principal Paul has confirmed that his father did lose consciousness, although Sir Jackie's condition is being described as 'absolutely fine' whilst 'precautionary' checks are carried out.
‘Full recovery’ expected for Jackie Stewart