Airline passenger attempts suicide during flight

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 7, 2014 at 10:27 am •  Published: April 7, 2014
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirates airline crewmembers found a passenger bleeding heavily on a flight from Dubai to India after he apparently tried to commit suicide inside an airplane lavatory, the airline and Indian police said Monday.

The incident happened aboard an Emirates flight to the Indian industrial hub Hyderabad on Friday. The Dubai-based carrier said crew members discovered the passenger shortly before the plane began its descent, and "administered all the necessary treatment onboard" before handing him off to a medical team on the ground.

According to police and the hospital workers in India, the 30-year-old man had been working as a draftsman in Dubai and attempted suicide by slicing into his neck, ankles and wrists just before the flight landed.

"There is no clarity so far as to why he attempted to commit suicide," Hyderabad police inspector Amaragani Krishnaiah said.

The man remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday, surrounded by family members but unable to speak because of a feeding tube in his throat, according to Dr. Ravi Shankar, a critical care specialist in the Indian city.

Emirates said the plane returned to Dubai for maintenance without passengers onboard following the incident. The government-owned carrier is the Middle East's largest airline.