flydubai Flight Diverts After Passenger Dies Onboard

flydubai Flight Diverts After Passenger Dies Onboard

The airline stated it’s in contact with authorities and is supporting the passengers’ subsequent of kin.

A passenger on a flight from Dubai to Dhaka handed away final week, prompting the flight to be diverted. The incident occurred on flydubai flight 523 (FZ523) on Saturday.

The airline has notified authorities to research the demise. It comes a few month after a passenger on an IndiGo flight died after an emergency touchdown in Indore.

Particulars of the incident

flydubai confirmed the incident in an announcement to Gulf Information.

“We are able to affirm that flydubai flight FZ 523, operated by Smartwings, from Dubai Worldwide (DXB) to Dhaka Airport (DAC) on February 18 diverted to Karachi Airport (KHI) as a consequence of a medical emergency.”

A spokesperson from the airline additionally provided condolences.

“flydubai wish to specific its deepest condolences to the household of a passenger who handed away…on flight FZ 523,” the spokesperson stated. “Our household help staff is offering assist and our ideas are with the household of the passenger throughout this unhappy time. We’re in contact with the related authorities.”


The flight, operated by a Boeing 737-800, departed round 13:45 on Saturday and was scheduled to land in Dhaka at 20:30. After diverting to Karachi, the plane left for Dhaka at 20:17, in response to The Nationwide. The reason for the passenger’s demise has not been shared, and it’s not clear if the passenger handed away on the airplane or after it rerouted to land in Karachi. A defibrillator was reportedly used to attempt resuscitating him however was unsuccessful.

Emirates and flydubai aircraft on tarmac

Picture: Emirates

What airline crews do throughout a medical emergency

Many airways comply with pointers when a demise happens onboard. In line with the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA), cabin crew is skilled to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) throughout an inflight medical emergency. They need to proceed CPR till one of many following happens:

  • Spontaneous respiratory and circulation of the passenger resume.
  • It turns into unsafe to proceed CPR as a consequence of average and extreme turbulence or a forecasted troublesome touchdown after liaising with the flight crew.
  • All rescuers are too exhausted to proceed.
  • The plane has landed, and care is transferred to emergency medical providers.
  • If CPR continues for half-hour or longer with no indicators of life inside this era and no shocks, suggested by an onboard Automated Exterior Defibrillator (AED), resuscitate the passenger.

If it has been decided {that a} passenger was useless mid-flight, the IATA additionally has pointers for crew members. First, the crew might want to advise the captain instantly as they need to decide if the vacation spot airport has the correct authorities to fulfill the flight when it arrives. Different pointers embrace repositioning the passenger’s physique and requesting contact info from touring companions.

Emirates' cabin crew undergo extensive medical and safety training at the Dubai center

Picture: Emirates

Related incidents

Inflight deaths don’t happen typically, however there have been comparable incidents. Final month, a passenger’s medical situation started deteriorating onboard an IndiGo flight, prompting the crew to divert. The passenger died after the airplane made an emergency touchdown.

Moreover, flydubai’s sister airline, Emirates, was working a flight from Sydney to Dubai and diverted to Perth as a consequence of a medical emergency. The mid-air emergency additionally compelled Dubai’s flag provider to delay a Brussel-bound flight to Erbil, Iraq. And final November, a male passenger reportedly died onboard an easyJet flight from Cyprus to London Gatwick Airport.

Supply: Gulf Information, The Nationwide, IATA