AI`s flight diverted to Stockholm as passenger falls sick

A Delhi-bound Air India flight from Toronto was diverted to Stockholm after one of the passengers fell sick a few hours after the aircraft took off from the Canadian city.

Last Updated: Nov 07, 2010, 21:15 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi-bound Air India flight
from Toronto was diverted to Stockholm after one of the
passengers fell sick a few hours after the aircraft took off
from the Canadian city.

Air India flight Toronto-Delhi (AI-188), with 332
passengers and 14 crew members on board, took off from
Toronto`s Pearson International airport at 11.50 AM. Three
hours later, 70-year-old Karnail Singh Jaswal complained of
breathlessness.

A doctor on board the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft
administered first aid and oxygen to Jaswal, a non-resident
Indian holding Canadian citizenship, after which his condition
became stable, an Air India official said.

But two hours later the passenger`s condition again
became unstable and the doctor advised immediate
hospitalisation.

As the aircraft was flying over Swedish airspace,
commander of the flight Capt J S Gill contacted Stockholm
airport and sought permission to land there due to the medical
emergency, he said.

Gill diverted the aircraft and it landed at Stockholm
airport.

Soon after, Jaswal was rushed to a hospital in an
ambulance which was waiting at the airport.
Jaswal`s condition is reported to be stable, the
official said.

The aircraft resumed its onward journey and landed at
at the IGI airport here at 1355 hours today after a delay of
two hours.

PTI