EVA Air passenger dies after emergency landing in south Taiwan

Flight was on its way from Taoyuan to Jakarta

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An EVA flight from Taoyuan to Jakarta made an emergency landing at Kaohsiung to try and save a passenger.

An EVA flight from Taoyuan to Jakarta made an emergency landing at Kaohsiung to try and save a passenger. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A passenger died after his EVA Air flight from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Jakarta, Indonesia, made an emergency landing in Kaohsiung to get him to hospital, reports said Tuesday.

An estimated 20 minutes after EVA flight BR237 had taken off from Taoyuan, a passenger suffered from shock, the Liberty Times reported.

First aid and CPR were administered, but the passenger, described as a 42-year-old person from Southeast Asia, was not resuscitated.

The pilot decided to make an emergency landing at Kaohsiung’s Xiaogang airport, where the passenger was carried off the plane on a stretcher and taken to the local hospital. However, when he arrived there at 11:20 a.m., doctors said he had already died, according to the Liberty Times.

The flight had left Taoyuan at 9 a.m. and was originally scheduled to land at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 1:20 p.m., but the plane stayed on the ground at Kaohsiung for over eight hours, with the departure time set at 5 p.m., the Apple Daily reported.