Air India pilot dies due to cardiac arrest at Delhi airport

Himanil Kumar showed signs of discomfort during a training session

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A senior Air India pilot died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a training session at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on Thursday

Captain Himanil Kumar, in his late 30s, was at the operations department of Air India at Terminal 3 when he started showing signs of discomfort.

"CPR was provided by Co-staff and immediately shifted to Medanta Medical Centre domestic arrival. Despite receiving CPR and first aid from a doctor, he remained in an unconscious condition. Later, Dr. Naveen declared him dead," said the incident report.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) claimed that the pilot was medically fit as per their records, showing no signs of fatigue.

"Captain Himanil Kumar, underwent his medical on 23rd August, 2023 and was declared fit, with his medical validity until 30th Aug'24. Further, there is no fatigue-related issue w.r.t flying duties. The pilot was undergoing his B777 full type transition, ground technical course from 03rd Oct, 2023, converting from A320 type of aircraft," official sources were quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Officials said the airline is extending all possible assistance to Kumar’s family. According to reports, his father was senior commander at the airline.

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