August 2, 2010
A Delta Airlines flight (DL 280) from Singapore bound for Tokyo and Los Angeles made an emergency landing around 9 am at Ninoy Aquino International Airport this morning after one of its passenger suffered a heart attack.
The Boeing 777-200LR plane (N707DN) left Changi for Narita Airport at 5:45 a.m. and was expected to arrive Tokyo around 2p.m. when the captain decided to divert its flight to Manila on grounds of medical emergency.
NAIA air traffic controllers received the emergency call at around 8:50 a.m. from the pilot of Flight DL 280, telling them that one of their passenger, Australian Johanne Brons, 55, appeared to have suffered a heart attack and was being revived by a doctor on board.
A Japanese doctor who treated Brons told medical staff at the airport that the patient passed out in flight but was revived after a few minutes.
"The patient admitted to the Japanese doctor that he had been suffering from diarrhea during the last two days, and that he had not been eating properly, which might have caused him to lose consciousness,” said Dr. Caridad Nuas, airport's medical officer.
She added that Brons is taking medicine for hypertension. He was taken to the Makati Medical Center for treatment.
The flight continued to Tokyo at 10 am after dropping off the ill passenger and its baggage at NAIA's terminal 1. The plane arrived at Narita at 4:41 pm without further issues.