A nine-year-old girl died on a Munich-bound Lufthansa flight from Shanghai. Flight LH727 made an emergency landing at the nearest airport, which was in Russia, to get the child medical assistance as she had stopped breathing.
According to Russian news agency Tass, Lufthansa's Airbus A340-600 landed at the Yemelyanovo International Airport in Krasnoyark, some 2,570 miles west of Moscow. The doctors at the airport tried to save the child's life but were unable to revive her, the news agency reported.
The child, who was travelling with her parents, suffered a pre-existing health condition, German outlet PZ News reported.
"She was an Italian citizen, an ethnic Chinese," a spokesperson for the West Siberian department of Russia's Investigative Committee said. "The child was not breathing and had no pulse. The doctors tried to bring her back to life but to no avail," the spokesperson said.
The Lufthansa fight arrived in Munich three hours behind schedule due to the emergency landing at Yemelyanovo.
On 10 February, a man died on a Singapore Airlines flight from New Delhi to Singapore. According to the Strait Times, the passenger was believed to be a 34-year-old Indian national. The man was pronounced dead on the flight by doctors, it reported. The plane, however, was not diverted and landed at Singapore Changi Airport.
"We can confirm with regret that a passenger had passed away on flight SQ403 from New Delhi to Singapore," a Singapore Airlines spokesperson was quoted as saying by Channel News Asia.