The national flag carrier said flight VN30, departing Frankfurt Airport for HCMC at 7:40 p.m. on October 6 (Vietnam time), landed at Baku Heydar Aliyev Airport after 4 hours and 35 minutes for bring emergency aid to an 18-year-old German who fell ill on board.
A doctor and a nurse of German nationality, also passengers of the flight, provided emergency care to the passenger with a health problem, but his condition did not improve.
The flight crew informed Vietnam Airlines flight operations division of the problem and decided to land at the nearest airport, Baku Heydar Aliyev, at 00:15 on October 7 (Vietnam time).
The carrier cooperated with the ground service of the Azerbaijani airport, to which it has never had scheduled flights, to help the passenger manage entry, visa application and emergency transportation procedures. He also asked the airport to send staff members to accompany the passenger to the hospital and informed the German Embassy in Azerbaijan of the matter.
The flight departed Baku Heydar Aliyev Airport for HCMC at 3:38 a.m. on October 7 (Vietnam time). He landed at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat Airport at 11:45 a.m. the same day, 3 hours and 50 minutes later than scheduled, Vietnam Airlines said.
In the past, the firm had also delayed or made emergency landings for some flights to help passengers with serious health conditions.