Gulf Air said that flight GF19 from Bahrain to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was on November 22 diverted to Erbil after a crew member suffered a heart attack that led to his demise in the Iraqi city.
The flight to Paris was later resumed as scheduled, the company said.
Gulf Air said that the safety of its passengers and crew comes at the top of its priorities.
Bahrain’s national carrier expressed its deepest condolences to the crewmember’s family and loved ones and thanked the flight’s passengers for their patience and understanding.
Scary moment on #delta flight 2846 from ATL-LAX as an engine went out and the smoke from burnt oil came into the cabin.
Flight GF19 to CDG departed BAH at approximately 22:22 UTC on November 21st. Roughly two hours later, around 00:27 UTC, the airplane turned sharply to the southeast towards EBL. At this point, the aircraft was just south of the crossroads connecting Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. The airliner landed safely on runway 36 at EBL, and no other injuries were reported. After the crew member was taken by local medical personnel, the airplane departed to finish its route.
The flight departed EBL at 03:37 UTC and landed at CDG at 09:05 UTC. The aircraft has since flown back to Bahrain and returned to Paris as it has been scheduled to continue operating flight GF19 until tomorrow, November 24th, when it will be assigned to a new route.
Flight crews responded appropriately to this hazard by diverting to the nearest suitable airport where passengers and crew could deplane.
Unfortunately, Yasser Saleh died shortly after his arrival at an Erbil hospital.
“The national carrier expresses its deepest condolences to the crew member’s family and loved ones, and confirms that the flight resumed to Paris as scheduled,” the airline said.
“Gulf Air reassures that the safety of its passengers and crew comes at the top of its priorities, and thanks the affected flight’s passengers for their patience and understanding.”
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