Ailing Pakistan International Airline passenger dies after emergency landing in Muscat

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Muscat: A passenger died of heart disease after falling sick  on a flight, prompting an emergency landing at the Muscat International Airport on Monday morning.

Pakistan International Airline (PK-753) flight from Islamabad was heading towards Riyadh in Saudi Arabia when the passenger, 70-year-old Praveen Akhtar, fell sick, Shahzad Paracha, country manager, PIA, Oman, said.

The pilot landed the plane at the Muscat International Airport at about 8:25am so that the woman could receive emergency medical attention, Paracha said. However, the woman died before doctors could reach the aircraft.

ROP takes over
Her body was later off-loaded from the PIA flight and handed over to the Royal Oman Police (ROP) for autopsy.

"The flight took off for Riyadh at around 10.30am," Paracha said, while adding her body would be sent to Pakistan after completing all formalities in Oman.

Last year, a PIA passenger plane with around 70 people on board, crash-landed at the runway at the Muscat International Airport after its landing gear collapsed in February. No harm was caused to the passengers or the pilots following the crash landing. The airport, however, remained closed for some time following the crash.


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