Ahmed Mohamed Ali
A Somalian man experiencing a heart attack on an Emirates flight to Kuala Lumpur forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Phuket. The passenger was later pronounced dead.
Emirates flight EK 346 departed Dubai International Airport at 04:10 on Wednesday morning. It was scheduled to land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 15:15 the same day.
About 5 hours and 30 minutes into the flight, members of the cabin crew informed the pilots that a 39-year-old male passenger from Somalia, Ahmed Mohamed Ali, had been complaining about chest pain and appeared to be unconscious. The flight, which was located around 210 kilometres north of the Indonesian island Sumatra, was immediately diverted to Phuket International Airport.
When the Boeing 777-300ER landed on the tarmac, emergency physicians at the airport helped carry Mr Ali off the plane and administered first-aid before rushing him to Thalang Hospital, 10 kilometres away.Unfortunately, hospital doctors were unable to save the man’s life. He was pronounced dead at 17:00 on Wednesday afternoon.
Unfortunately, hospital doctors were unable to save the man’s life. He was pronounced dead at 17:00 on Wednesday afternoon.
Investigator Pol Lt Sunan Petnu from the Thalang Provincial Police Station confirmed the death adding that Mr Ali had most likely died of a heart attack. His visit to Malaysia’s capital was for cancer treatment.
The flight later resumed and arrived at its destination at 14:37.
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