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Etihad pilot dies during cargo flight to Amsterdam

Abu Dhabi airline says flight made emergency landing in Kuwait after tragic incident

Etihad pilot dies during cargo flight to Amsterdam
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An Etihad Airways pilot died while operating a cargo flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam, forcing the carrier to make an emergency landing in Kuwait.

In a statement on Wednesday, Etihad Airways said the aircraft was diverted safely to Kuwait where a medical team was present to assist him.

"Etihad Airways is saddened to report the death of one of its pilots onboard flight EY 927, a freighter service from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam. After the captain became incapacitated early in the flight, the First Officer issued an emergency call and safely diverted the aircraft to Kuwait," Etihad said in a statement.

It added that after a medical team met the aircraft in Kuwait and offered medical treatment, the pilot was pronounced dead.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss, and are focused on taking care of our late colleague’s family at this time, to whom we offer our heartfelt condolences," Etihad said.

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