Air India flight diverted to save passenger’s life

November 7th, 2010 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) An Air India Toronto-Delhi flight was diverted to Stockholm to save the life of a passenger who fell sick three hours into the journey, the airline said Sunday.

According to an Air India statement, Capt. J. S. Gill, commander of flight AI-188 diverted the aircraft Friday and landed at Stockholm airport to save the life of Karnail Singh Jaswal, a 70-year-old Canadian citizen who fell sick three hours after the flight took off from Toronto.

A doctor on board the plane administered first aid and oxygen to Jaswal after which his condition stabilised. However, two hours later, his condition again deteriorated and the doctor advised immediate hospitalization.

As the aircraft was flying over Swedish airspace, Capt Gill contacted Stockholm airport and sought permission to land there due to the medical emergency.

An ambulance with full medical assistance had been kept at readiness at the Stockholm airport and Jaswal was rushed to the hospital after the plane landed.

The statement said that Jaswal’s condition was reported to be stable. The aircraft resumed its onward journey and landed at Delhi Sunday.

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