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SriLankan Airlines London-Colombo flight diverted owing to medical emergency

ECONOMYNEXT – SriLankan Airlines said an overnight flight from London to Colombo Sunday was diverted to Bucharest, Romania, owing to a passenger’s medical emergency, and would be resumed after a scheduled crew rest.

“Upon landing, airport medical personnel immediately boarded the aircraft and provided medical assistance to the passenger, who was suspected to be suffering from kidney failure,” a statement said.

The passenger’s condition was stabilised.

The captain of flight UL504 from London to Colombo on 24th/25th March decided to divert to the nearest airport and alerted airport authorities at Bucharest’s Henry Coanda International Airport in keeping with airline policy to ensure passenger safety.

“The A330-300 aircraft was several hours into its flight from London Heathrow when the female passenger experienced difficulties in the early hours shortly after midnight,” the island’s national carrier said.

It was not possible for the pilots on board to continue the flight on to Colombo, due to international limitations on the length of time that technical crew may continuously fly.

Procedures such as refueling, flight documentation and engineering checks by ground engineers at Henry Coanda International Airport also required a certain amount of time, the statement said.

The 195 passengers who were travelling on the flight were provided hotel accommodation in Bucharest while the crew rested for the time period required by international regulations.

“The flight will continue on to Colombo as soon as possible,” the airline said.
(COLOMBO, March 25, 2019-SB)

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