The SpiceJet air transportation company had faced the most tragic emergency landing recently when a 70-year-old passenger died. The old man died because his lower jaw and denture got displaced and stuck in the back of his throat, which blocked his windpipe. This incident happened when the flight was in mid-air.
The SpiceJet Mumbai to Amritsar flight landed Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), but the passenger could not survive even while he has taken to the clinic at the airport. The passenger was travelling with his wife and son; he was native of Jalandhar.
The accident happened on November 30 on Spicejet flight SG 438; the flight had 176 passengers on board. Dr Prabhanjan Shakunt who is the medical officer at Medanta’s airport clinic stated that because of a blocked airway, the passenger couldn’t breathe. The body of passenger had turned blue which shows the lack of oxygen in the body.
DCP (airport) Sanjay Bhatia said that the flight landed at T-1 in a medical emergency. Medanta Hospital gave the passenger first aid, but unfortunately, he could not survive. We have begun the investigation procedure. Meanwhile, the flight took off for Amritsar after deboarding the passenger and his relatives.
Doctor Shakunt stated that when the emergency staff brought the passengers to the clinic, his tongue was blue, and his heart stopped beating, even the two onboard doctors gave him CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), but it didn’t work. We had also performed CPR for an hour when the passenger came. The passenger has had diabetes, hypertension and half of his body was paralysed, which make this case even worse.
SpiceJet spokesperson reported that SG 438 had encountered a medical emergency during the cruise. The patient was served by cabin crew and passenger doctors. The passenger doctors advised the team to redirect the flight towards Delhi after analysing the condition of the patient. The patient was treated by the doctors and ambulance escorted the patient along with his family members to Medanta clinic after landing.