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Published on : Wednesday, November 27, 2013
An aircraft of Delta Airlines’ Atlanta-Dubai route has made an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport, after one of its passengers suffered a mid-air heart attack while passing through Turkish airspace.
Sixty-two-year-old Indian-origin U.S. citizen Rameshbhai Bhagubhai Patel was immediately taken to the hospital after Delta’s 777-232 Boeing made the landing, but he could not be saved.
The plane continued at 18:20 p.m. after Turkish paramedics received the patient.
Earlier in the day another Turkish Airlines plane flying from Mogadishu to Istanbul made an emergency landing in Istanbul when Mahmut Abdulkerim, a Somali national, had a heart attack on board.
Abdulkerim’s body was taken to hospital after the emergency landing, but he was also already dead.