Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 July 2019

Passenger death forces emergency landing in Abu Dhabi

Alitalia flight was en route from Delhi to Milan

An Alitalia flight made an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi after the death of an Indian man mid-flight. Reuters
An Alitalia flight made an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi after the death of an Indian man mid-flight. Reuters

A plane belonging to Italy’s national carrier was forced to make an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi on Monday following the death of a passenger.

Kailash Chandra Saini, 52, was travelling with his son, Heera Lal, 26, from New Delhi to Milan when he suddenly fell ill and died.

Pilots on the Alitalia flight were forced to divert to Abu Dhabi International Airport, where Mr Saini was transferred to Mafraq hospital.

Officials said his body was expected to be repatriated to his home state of Rajasthan, India, on an Etihad flight on Wednesday.

Embassy officials have been assisting the family with the formal process of repatriation.

Updated: May 15, 2019 09:36 AM

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