I think there is more to this than the article insinuates http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-flight-pilot-refused-land.html#ixzz1Jnpscf4N "A BBC radio presenter who suffered a heart attack while flying home from covering the Japanese tsunami may take legal action against the airline after it refused to divert the jet to the nearest hospital. Max Pearson had to endure the 14-hour Singapore Airlines flight in cardiac arrest and now, according to colleagues, has been left with long-term heart damage as a result." I am looking at the possibilities 1.) He kept quiet. DId not realise it was a heart attack. Only when he went to hospital they diagnosed it as an attack instead of heartburn. Unlikely as there is talk of a doctor attending to him 2.) Heart attack just after takeoff. SQ should have come back to SIN imediately. SQ is at fault 3.) Heart attack mid way. If this was an A380, was LHR the nearest A380 capable airport? Was this flying the polar route? Else SQ is at fault If not the A380, as I am sure there are many airports to land. SQ would be at fault 4.) Heart attack near LHR. Best option was to continue to LHR 5.) The paper has got the story completely wrong.