American hospitalized in Tehran after US bound Emirates flight diverts to Iran following in-flight medical emergency

Posted: April 14, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Middle East
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An American passenger on an Emirates Airlines flight EK229 from Dubai to Seattle suffered a heart attack after complaining of feeling unwell,  and is now receiving medical treatment in Tehran after the plane diverted to Iran’s capital, the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

 Iran's civil aviation spokesman says an American is receiving medical treatment in Tehran after his plane was diverted to the Iranian capital when he suffered a heart attack on an emirates flight from Dubai to Seattle.

Iran's civil aviation spokesman says an American is receiving medical treatment in Tehran after his plane was diverted to the Iranian capital when he suffered a heart attack on an emirates flight from Dubai to Seattle.

The mid-air emergency occurred on Friday as the Emirates aircraft was in Iranian airspace.

Abbas Mosayebi, public relations chief for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, was quoted as saying, “Yesterday (Friday), an airplane belonging to the Emirates airline, flying from Dubai to Seattle and while passing over Iran’s airspace, contacted the control tower and announced that one of this flight’s passengers had suffered a heart attack,”

The plane landed at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini international airport and a medical team took the 52-year-old American to a hospital in the capital.

Mr Mosayebi added, “Despite international sanctions against the Iranian people which also endanger their lives, yesterday we helped an American citizen in our country”.

The Swiss embassy in Tehran, which handles US interests in the absence of Iran-US diplomatic ties, declined to confirm or deny the report to AFP, referring enquiries to US officials in Washington.

Mr Mosayebi’s office told AFP on Saturday that the American man was still in the Tehran hospital. It did not identify him. The Emirates website lists a flight, EK229, that goes from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to the U.S. west coast city of Seattle.

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By AFP, TEHRAN
Saturday, 14 April 2012


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Comments
  1. h says:

    Thank you Iran. I’m sure America would do the same for one of our citizens flying over America.

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