IndiGo Flight Diverted To Karachi Due To Medical Emergency, Passenger Dies

Sources say the passenger was a Nigerian national.

Sources say the emergency landing was made to save the passenger, who was a Nigerian national.

New Delhi:

An IndiGo flight from Delhi to Doha was diverted to Karachi in Pakistan after a medical emergency on-board. The airline in a statement said a passenger who had fallen ill was declared dead by the airport medical team on landing. The flight was allowed to take off from Karachi and returned to Delhi with the body of the passenger who died. Sources say the emergency landing was made to save the passenger, Abdullah, a Nigerian national who was around 60 years old.

The officials said the aircraft A320-271N, which was parked at Karachi airport for nearly five hours, returned to Delhi after the authorities in Karachi issued the death certificate of the passenger and all formalities were completed.

Civil Aviation Authority officials at Karachi said the passenger fell ill onboard and the captain requested for an emergency landing at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

"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 an official statement.