x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 December 2017

Emirates flight grounded after passenger dies mid-flight

The airline has confirmed flight EK049 was diverted after a medical emergency on board 

Emirates have confirmed a passenger died on board a Munich-bound flight on Tuesday. Marwan Naamani / AFP
Emirates have confirmed a passenger died on board a Munich-bound flight on Tuesday. Marwan Naamani / AFP

An Emirates flight headed for Munich had to make an emergency stop in Kuwait on Tuesday, after a passenger died on board.

The airline confirmed in a statement that flight EK049 from Dubai to Munich was diverted to Kuwait International Airport due to a "medical emergency".

"The passenger received immediate medical attention upon landing, but unfortunately was pronounced dead by an emergency doctor on the ground," an Emirates spokesperson said.

The flight continued on to Munich, where it arrived two and a half hours behind schedule.

The spokesperson refused to give further details of the passenger's age or nationality.

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

More details to come.