A Nigerian passenger on an IndiGo flight from Delhi to Doha died after a medical emergency, despite the airline making an emergency landing at Karachi International Airport in Pakistan to save him.
The airline announced in a statement on Monday, March 13, 2023, that a 60-year-old Nigerian passenger named Abdullah had become ill, forcing the crew of flight 6E-1736 to make a quick decision to land in the southern Pakistani city.
The aircraft’s captain contacted Karachi Air Traffic Control (ATC) and explained the situation while requesting permission to land.
Upon arrival in Karachi, however, the airport medical team ruled the individual dead.
A Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson in Pakistan confirmed the incident and said the passenger’s health had worsened mid-flight.
Meanwhile, IndiGo released a statement and offered condolences to the family of the deceased.
“Flight 6E-1736, operating from Delhi to Doha was diverted to Karachi due to a medical emergency on board. Unfortunately, on arrival, the passenger was declared dead by the airport medical team,” read the statement released.
“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,” it added.
After confirmation of Abdullah’s death, the body was flown back to Delhi. A death certificate has also been issued. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is expected to launch an investigation and assess if any foul play was involved.
The passenger’s health history will be looked after before arriving at any final decision.