A commercial flight that was headed to Ecuador made an emergency landing early this morning at Joint Base Charleston after a passenger fell in need of medical care.

According to Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt, an Airbus 330 plane that had departed from New York's Kennedy Airport landed in Charleston around 2 a.m. after a passenger experienced shortness of breath.

Air stairs were readily available at the base, allowing its officials to assist in the landing, Hyatt said.

Joint Base Charleston shares runways with the Charleston International Airport. The air base handled the emergency stop because there are no ground crews on commercial airport side at that hour.

The flight resumed once the passenger stabilized around 4:30 a.m., he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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