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Dubai-bound flight makes medical emergency landing in Oman

Passenger died before the flight made landing in Muscat

Dubai-bound flight makes medical emergency landing in Oman

A Qantas flight from Melbourne to Dubai was forced to make an emergency landing in Oman following an onboard medical emergency.

The A380 QF9 flight was en route from Melbourne to London on Friday when a passenger suffered a suspected heart attack.

The pilot made an emergency landing in Muscat, but the passenger died before landing.

"The plane started to make a very fast descent and then later the pilot confirmed that they were making an emergency landing in Muscat, Oman," a passenger told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"The patient was being treated on the floor in the middle of everyone. He died before they could land and when they landed a string of people came on board to examine the situation.”

In a statement to the newspaper, a Qantas spokesperson confirmed emergency landing was due to a medical emergency.

"Our crew did everything they could, including helping perform CPR with a doctor who was on board," a spokesperson said. "Our thoughts are with the passenger's family."

The flight was on the ground in Muscat for four hours before it continued its onward journey to Dubai.

Last week, a flight on the same route also faced delays when it was forced to re-route to Sydney after the A380 experienced engineering problems.  The flight, which had 410 passengers on board, experienced a “slight vibration issue” with one of its engines during the flight.

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