The Hindu

Flight diverted due to medical emergency

London-bound plane lands in Chennai

- MURALI N. KRISHNASWA­MY

A Malaysia Airlines flight (MH2), operating on the Kuala Lumpur-London sector on July 3-4, was diverted to Chennai in the early hours of Wednesday after a passenger suffered a medical emergency.

The twin-engine aircraft, an Airbus A350-900 (9MMAF), was over the Bay of Bengal and approachin­g Chennai airspace over three hours into its nearly 13 hour, 10,610 km flight when the incident occurred.

The crew then diverted and landed in Chennai around 1 a.m.

The flight had left the Ma- laysian capital around 9.20 p.m. India time. There were 239 passengers.

Admitted to hospital

Confirming the incident, K. Saravanan, Consul General, Consulate General of Malaysia in Chennai, said a passenger on board had experience­d breathing difficulti­es.

The passenger was later admitted to a corporate hospital in the city.

The 286-seater aircraft took off at 3.58 a.m. for London.

This is also the first time that the Airbus A350, a new long-range aircraft type, has landed at Chennai.

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