On Monday this week, an IndiGo flight 6E-1736 operating between Delhi – Doha made an emergency diversion to Karachi, Pakistan after a passenger on-board the flight fell severely ill. Sadly, the male passenger was declared dead upon arrival.
AviationSource writer Gaurav Gowda reports on this and other recent IndiGo news.
6E-1736 diversion to Karachi
With the passenger needing urgent medical attention, the flight crew had decided to divert and land at the nearest airport. In this particular situation it happened to be Jinnah International Airport, Karachi in Pakistan.
Interestingly, this became a news headlines as, due to strained relations between both the nations, there are no direct flights between these countries.
“IndiGo 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” IndiGo said in a statement.
The deceased passenger was Mr. Abdhulla, a 60-year old a citizen of Nigeria. As soon as the aircraft requested a priority landing, the airport authorities prepared a medical team meet the aircraft on arrival.
6E-1736 was given priority landing and once on ground, the medical team attended the passenger but unfortunately, he was declared dead on arrival.
The authorities on ground completed all the formalities and issued a “death certificate” for the passenger, after which the flight took-off and returned to Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
The airline also said in a statement that it was making alternate arrangements for all the passengers affected by this incident.
Other IndiGo news
In another news coming out of India, the airline said that the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation granted permission to wet-lease up to 2 aircraft to operate international flights to North American destinations of USA and Canada, according to a report published by Mint.
This comes after a recent development where IndiGo started operations to Istanbul by a wet list aircraft taken from Turkish Airlines, the aircraft is a Boeing 777 operated by crew of Turkish airlines as well as Indigo, currently this service is available between Delhi – Istanbul.
In support of this recent development, there have been images of a Boeing 777-300ER being painted in “IndiGo livery.”
It is said aircraft is registered as VQ-BZC – this aircraft was NTU by Azur Air. The aircraft was later leased by Turkish airlines from Aercap and will now be leased by Turkish airline to IndiGo, though the exact details of thisare not yet available.
IndiGo is yet to release a statement on this development. All this confirms one thing – in coming days the Indian aviation industry is going to go through some exciting times, especially if Indigo starts services to destinations like the USA.
Passengers would then have another alternate option to fly directly, as currently only Air India operates direct flights to the USA and Canada.