A Qatar Airways flight from Trivandrum, the capital city of the Indian state of Kerala, was diverted to the India’s Goa International Airport on Saturday after its pilot fell ill.
The airline, in a travel alert, said the ‘medical diversion’ occurred nearly an hour and forty minutes after departure from the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, reported Gulf Times.
The craft’s First Officer safely landed the plane in Goa after the pilot fell ill midway through the flight, according to The Peninsula.
Goa International Airport Director BCH Negi said the plane landed without incident after getting necessary clearances.
“We received a message that the pilot on a Qatar Airways aircraft was feeling uneasy and that the plane sought permission for an emergency landing, which was granted after following all the procedures,” he was quoted as saying by Indian news channel NDTV.
While flight QR507 remained in Goa, Qatar Airways sent a relief aircraft to fetch the passengers from the city. The new flight landed at the Hamad international Airport at around 6.27pm, Doha time.
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“As per Qatar Airways procedure in these instances, the aircraft was diverted to the nearest airport, Goa International airport, where our well trained First Officer landed the aircraft safely shortly before 07.00 local time,” Qatar Airways said in a Tweeted response.
“The safety, comfort and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is our utmost priority, and we have sent a relief aircraft to Goa to accommodate all passengers on a new flight to Doha, Which is due to land at 17:30 local time,” the statement added.
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