A Qatar Airways flight was diverted to Hyderabad airport yesterday after one of the crew members fell ill while the aircraft was at a cruising altitude, airport officials said.
They said the Qatar Airways flight ‘QR 964’ was outbound from Doha to Bali, adding the aircraft landed safely at Hyderabad airport at midnight.
The illness was so severe that the crew member reportedly collapsed while the plane was in the air, officials said. After the Qatar Airways plane landed at Hyderabad, the crew member was taken to a medical center at the airport.
According to airport sources, Andre Dinu (34), a Romanian national and one of the two pilots, complained of severe pain in heart and lungs, as the flight was passing through the sub-continent at around midnight. Immediately, the other pilot consulted the RGIA air traffic control for permission for emergency landing.
The person was later taken to Apollo Hospital at Jubilee Hills and treated at the intensive care unit or ICU. The patient’s condition is said to be stable now. The flight took off from Hyderabad at 3 am with 240 people on board, officials said.
Qatar Airways made alternative arrangements for the stranded passengers to reach their destination. “The flight left for Denspar at around 03.03 hours,” an airport spokesman said.