AI flight forced to divert as passenger suffers heart attack

An Air India flight from London to Mumbai was forced to divert to Ankara where it made an emergency landing after a passenger on board suffered a suspected heart attack.

Published: 17th February 2017 07:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th February 2017 07:08 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

NEW DELHI:  An Air India flight from London to Mumbai was forced to divert to Ankara where it made an emergency landing after a passenger on board suffered a suspected heart attack. Agnelo Bareto, a 63-year-old Portuguese national, was suspected to have suffered a cardiac arrest, forcing AI 130 to land in the Turkish capital where he was rushed for medical assistance, airline sources said.

The plane carrying 252 passengers had departed from London's Heathrow airport at 1:22 pm local time on Thursday but it was forced to land at Esenboga International Airport at  Ankara at 5:13 pm local time.

The plane is expected to take-off for India at 8 pm IST today and is likely to arrive in Mumbai post-midnight. 

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