Indian private airline, IndiGo, made an emergency landing at the Karachi Airport on Tuesday after a passenger fell ill. The flight was in-bound to Lucknow from Sharjah when it made an emergency landing at the airport.
According to Asian News International, the passenger was declared dead by the medical team on arrival in Karachi. The airline also issued a statement in which it said: “IndiGo flight 6E 1412 from Sharjah to Lucknow was diverted to Karachi due to a medical emergency. Unfortunately, the passenger could not be revived and was declared dead on arrival by the airport medical team.”
Humanity above everything else.
Today, IndiGo Airlines Airbus A320neo registration VT-IVW performing Sharjah to Lucknow flight 6E1412 landed in Karachi due to medical emergency onboard.https://t.co/p5YWxIvqQ2 pic.twitter.com/RE4bfcVtZD— Aviation News from Pakistan (@avpak3) March 2, 2021
The incident was reported early at 5 am when the pilot contacted the Air Traffic Controller and sought permission to land at the airport after reporting a medical emergency. Flight 6E 1412 again took off for Lucknow at 8.36 am.
This is not the first time, Pakistan had accommodated Indian airlines on humanitarian grounds. Last year, another Indian airline flying to Delhi had made an emergency landing in Karachi after a passenger on board suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The plane was carrying 179 passengers.
Then again during the pandemic, Karachi’s Air Traffic Controller had facilitated the Air India operating relief flight during a pandemic.
Indian pilot received appreciation from Pakistan Air Traffic Controller (ATC) for operating relief work during global pandemic coronavirus.
Pakistan Air Traffic Controller praised the Indian pilot and crew for operating the relief work in a rare yet pleasant exchange when India’s national carrier contacted Karachi’s ATC to access Pakistan’s airspace.
Indian Airlines IndiGo flight 6E1412 makes emergency landing at Karachi airport after passenger onboard suffers heart attack, the plane was Lucknow bound from Sharjah – The passenger passed away mid-air before the plane could land at Karachi airport. #Pakistan #India
— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) March 2, 2021
Air India was operating relief flights from India to Frankfurt with relief materials and evacuated European and Canadian nationals, who were stranded in India amid coronavirus lockdown. Pakistani operator responsibly escorted the Air India flight to Iran’s airspace. Meanwhile, the Air India crew left Pakistan with high spirits after receiving a humble appreciation.
Asian News International quoted an Air Indian pilot as saying that, “It was a very proud moment for me as well as the entire Air India crew when we heard Pakistan ATC praising our special flight operations to Europe.”
“As we entered Pakistan’s Flight Information Region, Pakistani ATC greeted us ‘Assalaam Alaikum! This is Karachi’s control welcoming Air India for relief flights to Frankfurt’,” the senior captain quoted the Pakistani air traffic controller as saying.
After information sharing between the Air India pilot and Air Traffic Controller, the Pakistani ATC operator reportedly said, “We are proud of you that in a pandemic situation you are operating flights, good luck.”
“Thank you so much”, responded the Indian pilot. Pakistani ATC operator even helped Air India connect to Iran’s airspace upon request. The Air India pilot informed the Pakistani operator about distortion in connectivity with the next radar in Tehran.