5-year-old Taiwanese girl dies on Emirates flight

5-year-old Taiwanese girl dies after suffering a high fever while on Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai to Germany

Emirates Airline Airbus 380.

Emirates Airline Airbus 380. (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A five-year-old Taiwanese girl suddenly died while suffering a high fever on an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai to Munich yesterday (Oct. 11), reported China Times

According to the German newspaper Bild, the Emirates flight took off from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at 8:50 a.m. CET on Oct. 10, and only 45 minutes into the flight, a seven-year-old Taiwanese girl suddenly experienced a high fever. A German passenger who sat in a seat three rows behind witnessed the girl faint on the spot, after which the crew and a female physician rushed to provide first aid. 

Flight #EK49, which was flown by an Airbus A380, swiftly made an emergency landing in Kuwait. The girl was accompanied on the flight by her mother, grandmother, brother, and sister. 

Despite continuous efforts by the crew and physician to revive her, upon arriving in Kuwait, a doctor was seen taking her lifeless body out of the plane, reported Bild. The airline also confirmed that she had died. 

A spokesman for Emirates said "due to an emergency with one of the passengers, the flight was forced to make an emergency landing, but unfortunately an emergency physician confirmed that the passenger had died."

The plane was delayed for an hour and a half before continuing on to Munich. 


Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Li Hsien-chang (李憲章) on Thursday confirmed that the girl had died on the flight from Dubai to Munich, but contrary to previous reports stating she was seven years old, he said that she was actually five.