Flight diverted due to medical emergency
London-bound plane lands in Chennai
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.