After co-pilot falls ill, Qatar flight makes emergency landing in Hyderabad
A Qatar Airways flight made an emergency landing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad in the early hours of Saturday, when a co-pilot complained of severe heart pain. The flight (QR 964 DOH-DPS) was flying from Doha to Denspar airport in the Indonesian city Bali.
There were 240 passengers plus crew on the flight at the time of the incident.
According to airport authorities, the co-pilot named Andre Dinu (34), complained severe pain in heart and lungs. The attack was so severe that the crew member reportedly collapsed while the plane was in the air, officials said. The incident took place when the flight was passing through the Indian sub-continent at midnight. The other pilot after consulting with the RGIA air traffic control for permission for emergency landing, went ahead with it. It was reported that the landing was made 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.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways is said to have made an alternative arrangements for the stranded passengers to reach their destinations. The flight took off from Hyderabad at 3 AM with 240 people on board.