80% emergency landings due to medical reasons

Indian carriers operate 13,000-odd domestic and international departures in a week and one out of these ends in an emergency landing.

Going by the data, one emergency landing per week would have presented a scary picture if these had been on account of the condition of the country’s aircraft fleet. But the figures reveal that in the past one year over 80 percent of such landings were carried out because of medical emergencies involving onboard passengers.

Data collected by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation show that between August 2012 and August 2013, a total of 46 emergency landings were carried out by Indian carriers in the country and abroad. Out of this, 38 were because of medical emergencies and the rest were due to technical problems with the aircraft.

Full report here Times of India


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