Due to a medical emergency, an Air India Express flight from Dubai to Amritsar was diverted to Karachi on October 15.
According to the airline, a passenger on the flight experienced a medical problem. The pilot opted to divert the airplane to Karachi, the next airport, in order to provide prompt medical aid to the passenger.
In Karachi, the passenger disembarked and was brought to a hospital for further treatment. The jet then proceeded to Amritsar.
“A guest on board our Dubai-Amritsar flight had a sudden medical complication inflight (October 14), and the crew opted to divert to Karachi, given that it was the closest location to provide immediate medical assistance,” an Air India Express spokeswoman said. The flight left Dubai at 08.51 a.m. local time and arrived in Karachi at 12.30 p.m.
“The airline worked closely with the airport and local authorities, and the guest received immediate medical attention after landing.” The airport doctor in Karachi supplied the necessary medication, and following a medical examination, the passengers were cleared to fly by the airport medical staff. “The flight left Karachi at 2.30 PM local time on its way to Amritsar,” the official added, according Indian news agency ANI.
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Following the event, the airline spokeswoman thanked the Karachi airport officials for their support.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to the local authorities at Karachi airport for their immediate response and help,” the message went on to say.
A Mumbai-Ranchi IndiGo flight was diverted to Nagpur airport in July 2023 due to a medical issue involving a passenger. The 65-year-old passenger had passed out during the journey. Upon landing, he was transported to a hospital, but he was pronounced dead.