Emirates airliner diverted after passenger death
An Emirates flight from London to Dubai was diverted Monday when the flight crew reported that a passenger was unresponsive.
The plane landed in Kuwait and was met by emergency services, but the passenger was later declared dead.
It is unclear from the Emirates statement whether the passenger died in-flight or after being taken to hospital.
“Emirates flight EK030 from London to Dubai on 4th December 2017, was diverted to Kuwait due to a passenger being unresponsive,” a spokersperson said in an emailed statement.
“Upon arrival in Kuwait, passenger was met by the medical team and taken to the hospital and was later pronounced dead. The flight continued to the destination. Emirates expresses its condolences to the passenger’s family.”
Under existing Emirates airline policy, emergency diversions to nearest airports during mid-flight are necessary when a passenger’s health is in immediate danger.