Qatar Airways flight makes emergency landing in Hyderabad after pilot falls ill

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A Qatar Airways flight – QR 964 – made an emergency landing at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad after one of its pilots suffered pain in his chest, Indian newspapers reported.

According to airport sources, the Romanian co-pilot, Andre Dinu, complained of severe pain in his chest while the aircraft was at a cruising altitude. Times of India reports that he he collapsed on-board.

After seeking permission from RGAI air traffic control, the 14-hour long Doha to Denpasar (Indonesia) flight was diverted to Hyderabad where it made an emergency landing around 12.05 am.

Doctors attended to Dinu immediately after landing and after finding his condition critical, they immediately rushed him to the Apollo Hospitals in Jubilee Hills at around 1.20 am. His condition is said to be stable, Hindustan Times reported.

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“The pilot had lost conscious on-board. His condition was stabilised at the airport. After he was rushed to the hospital, we immediately shifted him to the intensive care unit wherein a few tests, including an MRI were conducted, to ascertain the reason behind the incident,” said spokesperson from the hospital, adding that the co-pilot was stable by Saturday evening and was being closely monitored by a team of doctors.

The Qatar Airways flight had 240 people on board. Following the brief diversion, the flight resumed its onward journey to Denpasar, from the Shamshabad facility, at 3.03 am.

Published on 26 August 2017

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