An Etihad Airways pilot passed away while operating a flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam, forcing the flight to divert its path and make an emergency landing in Kuwait.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said the aircraft was diverted safely to Kuwait where a medical team was present to assist him, but the pilot was pronounced dead.
“Etihad Airways is saddened to report the death of one of its pilots onboard flight EY 927, a freighter service from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam. After the captain became incapacitated early in the flight, the First Officer issued an emergency call and safely diverted the aircraft to Kuwait,” Etihad said in a statement.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss, and are focused on taking care of our late colleague’s family at this time, to whom we offer our heartfelt condolences,” Etihad added.