Man dies aboard Delhi-Doha IndiGo flight, plane makes emergency landing in Karachi
New Delhi, March 13: A Doha-bound IndiGo flight from Delhi was diverted to Jinnah International Airport in Pakistan's Karachi on Monday after a man died mid-flight.
"Unfortunately, on arrival, the passenger was declared dead by the airport medical team," a statement by IndiGo said on Monday. The flight 6E-1736 decided to make an emergency landing after the passenger fell ill, however, he died before the aircraft could land.
The deceased has been identified as Abdullah, 60, a native of Nigeria. The doctors of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and National Institute of Health, Islamabad (NIH) issued the passengers' death certificate, according to a report in Pakistan based ARY News.
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"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," IndiGo said in a statement.
Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson was cited by ARY News as saying that due to medical emergency, the pilot of the Indian airlines was granted emergency landing permission by the Air Traffic Controller at Karachi airport.