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Dubai-bound Emirates flight diverted to Kuwait

Dubai-bound flight was forced to divert when crew were made aware that a passenger was unresponsive

Dubai: A Dubai-bound Emirates flight was forced to divert on Monday when crew were made aware that a passenger was unresponsive.

En route from London, the aircraft was diverted to Kuwait and landed, confirmed the airline in a statement on Monday.

A spokesperson said in a statement that the passenger was later declared dead.

As per privacy policy, the airline did not elaborate on the cause of death.

“Emirates flight ‪EK030 from London to Dubai on 4th December 2017, was diverted to Kuwait due to a passenger being unresponsive,” the spokersperson said in an emailed statement.

“Upon arrival in Kuwait, passenger was met by the medical team and taken to the hospital and was later pronounced dead. The flight continued to the destination. Emirates expresses its condolences to the passenger’s family.”

Under existing Emirates airline policy, emergency diversions to nearest airports during mid-flight are necessary when a passenger’s health is in immediate danger.