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01 October 2023

'Medical emergency' on Emirates' Dubai flight

Emirates apologised for the inconvenience. (Ahmad Ardity)

By Bindu Rai

An Emirates flight bound for Dubai from London Heathrow was diverted to Munich on Tuesday when a medical emergency developed on board.

However, the stopover proved a double whammy for passengers when the flight’s brief diversion was extended further when the aircraft developed a technical snag and was grounded in the German city overnight.

The airline confirmed the news in a statement to Emirates 24|7, adding that passengers on board flight EK0008 passengers were re-booked on other flights out of Munich as a result.

“Emirates flight EK0008 from London Heathrow to Dubai on January 13 was diverted to Munich, Germany, due to a passenger medical emergency. The passenger was assisted off the aircraft to receive medical attention,” the airline said in the statement.

Speaking further on the technical snag, the airline added: “Following its arrival in Munich, the aircraft encountered a technical issue while on the ground and was held overnight.

“As a result, all passengers were rebooked on other flights departing Munich on January 13.”

One of the passengers, Paul Machin, who stated he was aboard the flight diverted to Munich stated in a tweet: “Offered Lufthansa flight landing at 7.25am in Dubai or Etihad flight landing at Abu Dhabi. Received £30 food and beverage token.”

Emirates apologised for the inconvenience and said that “the safety of our passengers and crew is always of paramount importance.”