Heathrow Airport: Daughter pleads for oxygen for dad, 69, after being ‘abandoned’ following emergency landing on British Airways flight


A woman from London is pleading for oxygen for her sick dad after she says they were left ‘abandoned’ in Uzbekistan Airport after an emergency landing on their British Airways flight to Heathrow.

Mehreen Baig, a broadcaster and writer from London, was flying to Heathrow Airport with her dad from Islamabad, Pakistan, at 12.55am local time (8.55pm BST) on Wednesday.

However, during the flight, the pilot had to make an emergency landing in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, due to a medical emergency.

The medical emergency on Flight BA260 involved one of the passengers, believed to be an 83-year-old woman on board, who sadly passed away.

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Mehreen said her father, 69, had just come out of ‘critical care’ prior to boarding the flight to Heathrow. Due to this, Mehreen said she organised with British Airways for there to be a supply of oxygen at Islamabad Airport, on the aeroplane as well as an ambulance waiting for him at Heathrow Airport when they arrived.

However, the emergency landing in Tashkent has meant Mehreen’s father has been left without oxygen for hours.

Mehreen explained on Twitter at around 3pm today: “We were on the plane for 10 hours after landing with no oxygen because it had run out. We were taken off into Uzbekistan Airport where we have been for about 12 hours.

“[With] no food, no oxygen, no medical care, no one to even ask for help, no wheelchair. I can’t take my dad to the toilet. They’ve literally abandoned us.

“Apparently we’re going to be here for 12 more hours before we may get a flight back to London. We are sitting in the lounge. I can’t sit with him for 12 more hours, he’s just come out of critical care.”

Mehreen is still awaiting updates at Uzbekistan Airport (September 22)
Mehreen is still awaiting updates at Uzbekistan Airport (September 22)

The presenter added: “You don’t abandon people like that…We have just been given food for the first time and it’s two bread rolls and some cucumber…His oxygen is running low, I don’t really know what I’m supposed to do?

“I don’t know who to ask for the help here?”

British Airways has said the flight was further delayed as the aircraft developed a minor technical issue while on the ground in Tashkent.

According to the airline, a replacement aircraft is currently en route to Tashkent to fly hundreds of passengers back to London overnight.

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British Airways say they have been in contact with customers to keep them up to date.

British Airways issued a statement to My London today (September 22) which said: “We apologise to our customers after a flight was diverted to Tashkent due to a customer requiring urgent medical assistance.

“Customers were provided food and drink on board the aircraft and a lounge area, with a café (offering hot meals/refreshments) has been secured in the airport until a replacement aircraft arrives.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience to our customers, but the health and safety of our passengers and crew is always our highest priority.”

According to the Independent, BA has no staff in the Uzbek capital. A replacement aircraft, which has been sent empty from London, is due to arrive in Tashkent at 2.15am, local time, on Thursday (10.15pm BST).

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