Qatar Airways says 11-month-old baby travelling on flight from Doha dies at Hyderabad airport; authorities deny airline's claim

A spokeswoman for Hyderabad airport denied that the baby had died at the airport.

Agence France-Presse September 26, 2018 18:08:09 IST
Qatar Airways says 11-month-old baby travelling on flight from Doha dies at Hyderabad airport; authorities deny airline's claim

Mumbai: Qatar Airways said on Wednesday that a baby had died following a flight from Doha to the Indian city of Hyderabad.

"We are aware of the very sad news that a young child passed away at Hyderabad International Airport this morning," the airline said in a statement. "Our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts are with the affected family," it added.

Qatar Airways says 11monthold baby travelling on flight from Doha dies at Hyderabad airport authorities deny airlines claim

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A spokesperson for Qatar Airways told AFP that the baby was an 11-month-old boy who had been on the flight with his parents in the early hours of Wednesday. The parents became aware that their child was having breathing problems after the plane had landed as they made their way to the immigration counter, the spokesperson said. He was taken to the city's Apollo hospital.

A spokeswoman for Hyderabad airport denied that the baby had died at the airport. "We're awaiting for investigations to conclude and for official reports from both Qatar Airways and Apollo hospitals on the baby's death," Sangeetha CR said.

The hospital was not immediately available for comment when contacted by AFP.

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