Monday, April 7, 2014

UAE: Commercial Passenger on Dubai-Hyderabad Flight Attempts Suicide, Stabilized

According to The Associated Press, Emirates airline crew members found a passenger bleeding heavily on a flight from Dubai to Hyderabad after he apparently tried to commit suicide inside a restroom.

For our readers not familiar with India, Hyderabad is the capital and largest city of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The city  has a population of 6.8 million, making it the fourth most populated city in India. 
The medical emergency occurred aboard an Emirates flight to the Indian industrial hub Hyderabad on Friday (April 4). The Dubai-based carrier said crew members discovered the passenger shortly before the plane began its descent, and "administered all the necessary treatment on-board" before handing him off to a medical team on the ground.

The 30-year-old victim had been working as a draftsman in Dubai and attempted suicide by slicing into his neck, ankles and wrists just before the flight landed.

The man remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday (April 7), surrounded by family members, but unable to speak because of a feeding tube in his throat, according to Dr. Ravi Shankar, a critical care specialist in the Indian city.

COMMENT: Emirates said the plane returned to Dubai for maintenance without passengers on-board following the incident. The government-owned carrier is the Middle East's largest airline.

Neither the airline nor Indian officials said what the passenger used to cut himself.

Dubai is the commercial center of the United Arab Emirates and is home to the Middle East's busiest airport.

The UAE population is dominated by millions of guest workers and their families, who far outnumber the local Emirati population.

Indians make up the largest share of the expatriate population, with 1.75 million Indian citizens working there, according to the Indian Embassy.

Medical emergencies aboard commercial flights far more often than most passengers realize, which is why I urge physicians, medical assistants and registered nurses to let flight attendants know of their seat number on flights they're on.