Gulf Air flight from KL diverted after pilot feels sick
Manama, February 6, 2011
Gulf Air flight GF281, travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Bahrain yesterday, made an unscheduled landing at Muscat, Oman after the captain took the precautionary decision to divert the aircraft soon after he began to feel ill six hours into the journey, a statement said.
The aircraft, an A330 with 136 passengers on-board, landed safely at Muscat International Airport at 1345 [Local time] and the passengers disembarked normally, it said.
The captain was taken to the Royal Hospital upon arrival by the waiting medical services where he was diagnosed as suffering a mild heart attack and his present condition is described as stable.
A new crew, which arrived from Bahrain, took over and the flight then continued its journey to Bahrain landing at Bahrain International Airport at 2010 [Bahrain time] following a six-hour delay.
Captain Nasser Al Salmi, Gulf Air chief operating officer said: “The safety of our passengers and crew is Gulf Air’s number one priority. Our pilots undergo comprehensive medical checks every six months and are trained to international aviation safety standards and requirements and regularly undergo training simulating such situations and are fully prepared to meet such emergencies. The captain of flight GF281 had a comprehensive health checkup recently and was fully fit to fly. I would like to thank our passengers for their understanding and offer our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused.” - TradeArabia News Service