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Flight Diverted After Crew Member Suffers Heart Attack


A Gulf Air flight heading from Bahrain International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was diverted to Erbil, Iraq after a crew member suffered a heart attack.

The flight landed in Erbil, where the crew member subsequently passed away.

Bahrain News Agency reported:

Gulf Air said that flight GF19 from Bahrain to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was on November 22 diverted to Erbil after a crew member suffered a heart attack that led to his demise in the Iraqi city.

The flight to Paris was later resumed as scheduled, the company said.

Gulf Air said that the safety of its passengers and crew comes at the top of its priorities.

Bahrain’s national carrier expressed its deepest condolences to the crewmember’s family and loved ones and thanked the flight’s passengers for their patience and understanding.

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Flight GF19 to CDG departed BAH at approximately 22:22 UTC on November 21st. Roughly two hours later, around 00:27 UTC, the airplane turned sharply to the southeast towards EBL. At this point, the aircraft was just south of the crossroads connecting Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. The airliner landed safely on runway 36 at EBL, and no other injuries were reported. After the crew member was taken by local medical personnel, the airplane departed to finish its route.

The flight departed EBL at 03:37 UTC and landed at CDG at 09:05 UTC. The aircraft has since flown back to Bahrain and returned to Paris as it has been scheduled to continue operating flight GF19 until tomorrow, November 24th, when it will be assigned to a new route.

In the United States, an Envoy Air pilot reportedly became incapacitated shortly after takeoff Saturday night from Chicago O’Hare International Airport en route to Columbus, Ohio.

The pilot was later pronounced dead.

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