A 24-year-old Long Island man flying to Florida on his way to drug rehab overdosed on the plane, forcing an emergency return to a Kennedy Airport terminal, officials said Thursday.
The victim, a resident of Bethpage, overdosed on heroin and anxiety pills on the plane about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The plane was on the taxiway about to take off when the man started foaming at the mouth and falling in and out of consciousness, officials said. He was also having difficulty breathing.
The plane was immediately brought back to a terminal, where Port Authority Officers Eric Stern and Sean Pomerantz, who are assigned to the airport’s Medical Ambulance, met the victim.
The two first responders gave the plane passenger a shot of Narcan, which stabilized the man’s vitals.
He was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he is expected to recover, officials said.