Indian plane makes emergency landing at Karachi Airport

KARACHI: An Indian commercial flight made an emergency landing at Jinnah Terminal International Airport in Karachi on Monday after a passenger passed away.

The IndiGo Airbus A320neo (aircraft registration VT-ISL) performing Delhi to Doha flight 6E1736 diverted to Karachi due to medical emergency onboard. The aircraft landed at Karachi Airport at 12:08 AM.

According to CAA the passenger of the flight had already died in the flight before landing, therefore the captain of the Indian airline reported a medical emergency.

Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCCA) sources said the aircraft was en route from New Delhi to Doha when a medical emergency was reported on board.

After the health conditional of a passenger deteriorated, the captain contacted the Karachi Air Traffic Control and sought permission to land in Karachi on humanitarian grounds.

While the Pakistani officials allowed the plane to make the emergency landing, health officials examined the passenger and pronounced him dead. Sources said the passenger, identified as  60-year-old passenger Abdullah, a Nigerian national, had died before the landing.

After confirmation of the passenger’s death by doctors, the necessary procedural steps and documentation was carried out in Karachi, after which, the Indian plane resumed flight to Doha.

CAA and Ministry of Health doctors issued the passenger’s death certificate, after which the Indian plane returned to its destination.

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