Qatar Flight Delhi-Doha Diverts to Dubai Due to Pilot Dying

Qatar Flight Delhi-Doha Diverts to Dubai Due to Pilot Dying
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Yesterday, a Qatar Airways flight between Delhi and Doha diverted to Dubai due to a pilot onboard who was a passenger died in flight.

Details From The Qatar Airways Flight from Delhi to Doha That Diverted to Dubai…

Qatar Flight Delhi-Doha Diverts to Dubai Due to Pilot Dying
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A7-ALM was the Airbus A350 that operated the QR579 rotation, which departed Delhi at 0341 local time on the 16th of August 2023.

As it entered the airspace boundary of Dubai, the aircraft made a heavy turn south towards the main airport in the UAE and descended rapidly.

At this point, the aircraft did not squawk the 7700 transmission code to signal an emergency, but obviously continued on to Dubai for its diversion instead.

It is understood that the pilot, who was a passenger onboard the flight, fell ill very suddenly and died as a result of this.

As per AirLive, it is understood that the pilot has had a career spanning the last 20 years:

“The pilot had worked with Alliance Air and spent 17 years in SpiceJet.”

“He had operated SpiceJet’s first flight, Delhi-Ahmedabad, on May 23, 2005. Last year he had joined Qatar Airways where he was flying the Boeing 777”.

Once the aircraft landed into Dubai, the pilot who died was taken off the aircraft and then continued onwards to Doha, Qatar.

At this stage, Qatar Airways has not released a statement on the emergency. AviationSource will approach the airline for a comment on this incident.

This is a developing story. More to follow in due course.

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