A Lucknow-bound IndiGo flight made an emergency landing in Pakistan’s Karachi airport due to a medical emergency of a passenger. Unfortunately, the passenger could not be saved and he was declared dead by the airport medical team at the Karachi Airport.
The IndiGo airline gave a statement after the incident which said: “IndiGo flight 6E-1412 from Sharjah to Lucknow was diverted to Karachi due to a medical emergency. Unfortunately, the passenger could not be revived and was declared dead on arrival by the airport medical team.” The airline also expressed its condolences to the family of the dead passenger.
According to the reports, a Pakistani official received an emergency landing request when the aircraft entered the Pakistani airspace at 4 in the morning. The official said that the captain on-board contacted the air control tower in Karachi and requested an emergency landing permission on humanitarian grounds.
The Karachi air control tower granted the captain permission and at 5 am the aircraft landed. By the time the airport medical team boarded the flight to aid the passenger, he had died. After all the formalities were completed, the flight was allowed to take-off for Ahmedabad around 8.36 am.
Earlier this month, an Indian air ambulance had to make an emergency landing at the Islamabad airport for refueling purposes. According to ANI, the Indian air ambulance made a contact with the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) and sought permission to make an emergency landing at the Islamabad airport as it was running low on fuel. The air ambulance was flying with a British patient, doctor and nurses. The air ambulance was flying from Kolkata, India to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. After being permitted to make the landing by the CAA, the plane landed at the Islamabad International Airport, refuelled, and took off after two hours.
In 2020, a Delhi-bound GoAir airplane also went through a similar ordeal. The airplane with flight G8-6658 was flying 179 people on board. During the flight, a passenger suffered a cardiac arrest but could not be saved. The flight was bound from Riyadh and was quickly diverted to the Karachi airport due to a medical emergency. When the flight landed safely, the man who suffered a cardiac arrest was administered all the possible medical help. However, the man succumbed to the heart-failure and was declared dead. All the 179 passengers in the plane were reported to be safe.