New Delhi: A New Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight on Friday made an emergency landing at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi after a Thai national onboard suffered a heart attack. The patient, identified as Atabot Thngcusorn, was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead.
The New Delhi bound flight took off from Bangkok at 7:40 am with 189 passengers, including a 22-member Thai group of tourists. Among the tourists were Atabot, his wife, sister, and seven other family members, the police said.
The plane had to make an emergency landing at the Varanasi airport to provide immediate medical facility to the passenger, police added. He was rushed by an ambulance from the airport to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him dead, LBS Airport Director Anil Kumar Rai said.
The Thai embassy has been informed about the matter, he said.
Recently, a Jet Airways Jaipur-bound flight which was carrying 166 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport approximately one hour after it took off due to low air pressure inside the cabin.
The crew of Boeing 737 aircraft had forgotten to select switch to maintain cabin pressure which led to the situation. Around 30 passengers experienced nose and ear bleeds while some even complained of a headache. All the affected passengers are being attended to by the doctors at the airport.