Air India Express flight returned after take off because one passenger suffered heart attack

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A Singapore-bound Air India Express flight via Tiruchirapalli with 182 passengers on board returned here soon after take off early today as one of the passengers suffered heart attack, airport sources said.

The flight returned at 2.40 AM ten minutes after take off following which the passenger was given treatment by doctors at the airport. He was later taken to Apollo hospitals, they said.

Meanwhile, irate passengers protested against the more than three-hour delay and asked the pilot to take off but he refused citing rules, which mandated that he operate one flight a day. The airline then requisitioned the service of another pilot, the sources said.

Twelve passengers were taken by bus to Tiruchirapalli, while the others would leave for their onward destination at 1300 hrs. – The Hindu