Air India makes emergency landing, fails to save cardiac arrest traveller

Published on : Thursday, November 16, 2017

air-india-expressA passenger flying home from Saudi Arabia to India died in a hospital of Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.


The aircraft had made an emergency landing in the UAE capital after he started complaining of discomfort. Air India Express flight IX-322 heading from Riyadh to Calicut made a landing at Abu Dhabi airport around 3.51 p.m. after one of its passenger, Mohammad Saleem, aged 35 complained of discomfort, as mentioned by Ranjan Datta who is the manager of Air India, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain to a regional news media of this part of the world.


Saleem, the deceased is actually a native of Malappuram in Kerala, India.


The medical team present at the airport had responded quickly to the emergency and the patient was rushed to Mafraq Hospital where he was pronounced dead according to the official.


Datta said that doctors at the hospital said that initial diagnosis suggested that heart attack is the cause of death but then added that they would have to wait for the death certificate to confirm it.


He then also asserted that the airline authorities are sad that they were unable to rescue the young man though they had made the best attempts, together with the medical team and doctors at the hospital.



He said that as part of the protocol in such situations the airline offloaded the luggage of the passenger and also informed his brother in Saudi Arabia, as per the official.



Thereafter the flight resumed its journey around 5.48 p.m.


Datta said that their station manager in Calicut is in touch with the family of the deceased and they are doing everything to support them. The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi was also informed.


When the news media agency got in touch with Saleem’s brother in Riyadh, he was not in a position to speak since he was in a state of shock.


A neighbor named Ahmad Shareef informed the regional news media agency that Saleem was working as an electrician for the last 14 years in Riyadh. He was diagnosed with a minor heart ailment a few days ago and doctors had advised him to undergo further check-up and medical treatment since his medical insurance did not cover such processes.


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