An unfortunate incident unfolded at Nagpur Airport as an IndiGo pilot tragically passed away just moments before taking command of an aircraft. The 40-year-old pilot, who was scheduled to operate the airline’s Nagpur-Pune flight, collapsed near a boarding gate.
Preliminary findings suggest that the cause of his untimely demise was a sudden cardiac arrest, according to a statement from KIMS-Kingsway Hospital, where the pilot was taken
The situation at Nagpur Airport took a somber turn when the pilot collapsed around noon while seated in the security hold area. Despite the efforts of the emergency team at KIMS-Kingsway Hospital, the pilot did not respond to CPR administered in an attempt to revive him. The pilot had recently completed two flight sectors, journeying from Trivandrum to Nagpur via Pune between 3 am and 7 am the day prior.
The pilot had been granted a rest period of 27 hours and was scheduled to undertake four flight sectors that day. His first departure was set for 1 pm. Unfortunately, this incident marks the second untimely death of an Indian pilot in just two days. A day prior, a Qatar Airways pilot who had previously worked with Indian airlines like SpiceJet, Alliance Air, and Sahara, suffered a heart attack onboard a flight from Delhi to Doha. Tragically, he did not survive the cardiac arrest.