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Aeroflot Pilot Makes Emergency Landing For Sick Child

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 27, 2015

Aeroflot Pilot Makes Emergency Landing For Sick Child

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Airlines and their pilots often receive grief from passengers due to flight delays and unscheduled landings, but when the health of a child is at stake, unplanned, swift actions could be necessary. A Russian pilot found himself in such a situation last week, and didn't hesitate to divert his plane to ensure a sick child onboard was taken to the hospital as soon as possible.

In a report from, a captain for the Russian carrier Aeroflot was at the helm for a flight from Moscow to the city of Nizhnevartovsk when he was informed by the crew that a child onboard had a temperature of around 102 degrees.

The pilot immediately contacted ground services to request a route change and was given permission due to the serious nature of the illness. The Airbus A320 airplane turned north and received clearance to land at Nizhnevartovsk Airport 20-25 minutes early.

But feeling that time was of the essence, the captain managed to touch down 50 minutes early, and the sick child was immediately removed from the plane and transported to the hospital.

In a follow-up report from Road Warrior Voices, Aeroflot released a statement about the incident and offered an update on the sick child:

“We confirm that a child on board flight SU1470 from Moscow to Nizhnevartovsk was taken ill with a high temperature. The pilot duly took responsibility for the situation and contacted air traffic control to land as soon as possible, and ensured that medical staff were waiting on arrival. The flight landed ahead of schedule at Nizhnevartovsk airport and the child was taken directly to the hospital. Thanks to the decisive action taken by our pilot in the course of his regular duties, the child’s condition is now stable.”

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