A mystery illness struck a recent Ural Airlines flight from Moscow to Dubai. Fearing a large-scale poisoning, the plane’s pilot opted to make an emergency landing in Volgograd, where ill passengers were assessed. The plane continued its journey, but no explanation for this incident has been given.
A Dubai-bound Ural Airlines flight from Moscow was forced to make an emergency landing in the Russian city of Volgograd after multiple passengers suddenly began to fall ill barely half an hour into the plane’s journey, The Sun reports. Fox News states that the incident occurred on Saturday and involved Ural Airlines Flight U6-893.
It is reported that a number of passengers began “suffocating” and “turning green”. Those who were struck by the mystery illness also appeared to suffer from dilated pupils.
Offering her eyewitness account of the incident, one female passenger told The Sun, “I was woken by a young woman screaming for assistance. She yelled and screamed ‘Help, help!’ because her husband felt ill. He was feeling really bad.”
“He was suffocating and he couldn’t breathe in. His face went the color green — then a panic swept through the plane,” she added.
The account of passenger Ilya Binder is of a similar vein. In an interview with TV360, as quoted by The Sun, he said, “All of them [the ill passengers] had greatly dilated pupils. They were suffocating.”
“The flight attendants were in panic, and the aircraft captain decided to make an emergency landing in Volgograd,” he added.
It is reported that economy passengers seated between rows 21 and 26 were especially affected by the mystery sickness.
Concerned about the possibility of a large-scale poisoning, the plane’s pilot opted to make an unscheduled landing in Volgograd in southwestern Russia.
Upon arrival at Volgograd International Airport (VOG), affected passengers were offered treatment by doctors and paramedics. The plane, which was assessed at VOG, then continued its onward journey to Dubai after a two-hour delay.
No explanation for the incident has been offered by the carrier.