A Nigerian passenger who boarded IndiGo’s Delhi-Doha flight died after a medical emergency, even as the airline made an emergency landing at Pakistan’s Karachi International Airport in a bid to save him.
In a statement released by the airline, it was stated that the 60-year-old Nigerian passenger identified as Abdullah, was ill, forcing the crew of flight 6E-1736 to make an urgent call to drop anchor in Karachi.
The statement read: “Flight 6E-1736, operating from Delhi to Doha was diverted to Karachi due to a medical emergency on board. Unfortunately, on arrival, the passenger was declared dead by the airport medical team.
“We are deeply saddened by the news and our prayers and wishes are with his family and loved ones. We’re currently making arrangements for transferring the other passengers of the flight, in coordination with the relevant authorities.”
The aircraft’s captain contacted the Karachi Air Traffic Control (ATC) and conveyed the situation while seeking permission for the landing.
However, the airport medical team declared the man dead when the plane landed in Karachi.
The spokesperson of Civil Aviation Authority in Pakistan confirmed the incident and said Abdullah’s health had worsened mid-flight.
After Abdullah’s death was confirmed, his corpse was flown back to Delhi. Also, a death certificate has been issued. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is expected to commence investigation and assess if any foul play was involved.
Abdullah’s health history will be looked after before making any final decision.
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