Indigo Pilot suffers heart attack mid-air, lands plane safely

Based on inputs by Shahid Kazi

An IndiGo Airlines pilot suffered a massive heart attack mid-air, while on a flight from Imphal but in a act of bravery he managed to safely land the plane full of passengers.

The pilot, Captain Silvio Diaz Acosta, started complaining of acute chest pains, when he and his co-pilot were about to land in Kolkata. Despite the intense pain and profuse sweating, both Captain and co-pilot managed to land the plane successfully at 4:45 pm. After landing the plain, Captain Acosta was rushed to the emergency medical unit stationed at the Kolkata airport, where his condition was diagnosed. After that, doctors at the unit referred him to the Charnock Hospital nearby, where he received further treatment.

Cardiologist Dr Satrajit Samanta spoke to News 18 and said “His condition was serious, and he was immediately taken to the emergency ward. Electrocardiography (ECG) was done, wherein we found Myocardial infarction (MI), commonly known as a heart attack. It happens when blood flow decreases or completely stops to a part of the heart. Later angioplasty was done, stent was placed. He is now recovering.”

Dr Samanta added, “I have never witnessed such an incident. The fact that the cardiac arrest happened midair and he still landed the flight safely is a miracle. He is fine and out of danger, but we have kept him under strict observation. Today, his family members will reach India from Havana. Hopefully, he will be discharged in two-three days.”