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Indian expat on Saudi-India flight dies in Abu Dhabi

GDN Online Desk

An Indian expatriate died aboard a flight heading from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to the Indian city of Calcutta.

Air India Express flight IX-322 from Riyadh to Calicut landed at Abu Dhabi airport at 3:51pm after the passenger, Mohammad Saleem, complained of discomfort, said Ranjan Datta, manager of Air India, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

The 35-year-old, a native of Malappuram in Kerala, died in an Abu Dhabi hospital.

The medical team at the airport responded quickly to the emergency and the patient was rushed to Mafraq Hospital where he was pronounced dead, the official said.

“Doctors at the hospital said initial diagnosis suggested heart attack as the cause of death; however, we have to wait for the death certificate to confirm it,” Datta said.

“We are sad that the young man’s life could not be saved despite the best efforts by the airline staff, the medical team at the airport and doctors at the hospital.”

The deceased, who is survived by his wife and two children, aged 6 and 3, had been working in Saudi Arabia for 14 years as an electrician.

As per protocol, the airline offloaded the passenger’s luggage and informed his brother in Saudi Arabia, the official  said. The flight resumed its journey at 5:48pm.

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