An Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flying from Melbourne to Delhi returned to Melbourne due to a medical emergency onboard the aircraft.
Medical emergency on Air India Melbourne to Delhi flight
India’s largest Full Service carrier saw a diversion on Sunday of one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner due to Medical emergency onboard. The aircraft registered as VT-ANK was operating Air India flight 309 from Melbourne to Delhi when one passenger started feeling unwell. An onboard doctor suggested hospitalization for the passenger.
The aircraft had reached to a cruising altitude of 36,000 ft. It started turning maneuver after 1 hours and 15 minutes into the flight. The aircraft started descending towards Melbourne International Airport and landed at 01:38 AM. After that, the crew transferred the sick passenger to the hospital.
The same aircraft, VT-ANK again took off at around 03:40 AM and flew to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).
Air India Dreamliner tyre burst
Within a week span, the airline has seen 2 air turnback of its Dreamliner aircraft. Recently, the airline Boeing 787 registered as VT-NAA returned to Delhi after a tyre burst during takeoff. The aircraft was flying to Paris. It had to return after Delhi ATC informed the pilots about tyre pieces found on the runway. The aircraft safely landed at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, and the engineering team repaired it within the next 8 hours. The airline arranged an alternative Dreamliner VT-AND for the stranded passengers.
Head of In-Flight Department assaulted
Recently, Air India Melbourne to Delhi also came into news when Air India Head of In-Flight Services Department Sandeep Verma was assaulted by a passenger during the flight. Sandeep Verma however refused to file any complaint against the passenger. The passenger tendered an unconditional apology at Delhi Airport.
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