Kaohsiung’s Xiaogang airport, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps
Kaohsiung’s Xiaogang airport, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A 42-year-old Indonesian man who reportedly lost consciousness around 20 minutes after an EVA Air Taipei-Jakarta flight took off from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport was later certified dead upon arrival at a hospital in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, despite the flight crew’s resuscitation efforts and an emergency landing.

At 9am on Wednesday, EVA Flight BR237, which had a scheduled flying time of around five hours and 20 minutes, took off from Taoyuan and was scheduled to arrive at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at around 1:20pm, the Taiwan Apple Daily reported.

Twenty minutes after takeoff, the Indonesian man reportedly fell unconscious, and his family told crew members that he had a diabetic condition and had forgotten to take his medication that morning.

A few passengers came forward to help after an on-board announcement. However, the man went into shock and soon was no longer breathing and had no pulse.

The crew members then performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man for more than 10 minutes, while the pilot decided to make an emergency landing at Kaohsiung’s Xiaogang airport at around 10:32am.

The man was carried off the plane on a stretcher and taken to Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiaokang Hospital, where he was certified dead on arrival by an accident and emergency specialist at 11:20am.

Because of the medical emergency, the plane was on the ground at Kaohsiung for more than eight hours and finally took off by 5pm on the same day, with 204 passengers affected.