Flight diverted

A Malaysia Airlines flight (MH2), operating on the Kuala Lumpur-London sector on July 3-4, was diverted to Chennai in the early hours of Wednesday after a passenger suffered a medical emergency.

Twin-engine aircraft

The twin-engine aircraft, an Airbus A350-900 (9M-MAF), was over the Bay of Bengal and approaching Chennai airspace over three hours into its nearly 13 hour, 10,610 km flight when the incident occurred.

The crew then diverted and landed at Chennai at around 1 a.m.

The flight had left the Malaysian capital at around 9.20 p.m. India time. There were 239 passengers.

Admitted to hospital

Confirming the incident, Mr. K. Saravanan, Consul General, Consulate General of Malaysia in Chennai, said a passenger on board had experienced breathing difficulties.

The passenger has been admitted to a corporate hospital in the city.

The 286-seater aircraft took off at 3.58 a.m. for London.

This is also the first time that the Airbus A350, a new long-range aircraft type, has landed at Chennai.

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