x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Emirates flight makes emergency Saudi landing after passenger death

The airline confirmed that the Dubai-Ghana flight had to land in Riyadh when one of its passengers died onboard.

DUBAI //An Emirates airline flight to Ghana was forced to make an emergency landing in Saudi Arabia when a passenger died shortly after take-off from Dubai on Tuesday.

The EK787 flight was heading to Accra, Ghana but had to land in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia following the emergency.

"The passenger received immediate medical attention however unfortunately was pronounced dead by an airport physician on the ground," said a spokesperson for Emirates in a statement.

"Emirates would like to express its condolences to the family of the deceased."

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