An Indian plane has made an emergency landing at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi after a passenger’s health deteriorated during a flight.
The passenger, 30-year-old Muhammad Noushad, was pronounced dead after a team of doctors reached the airport for medical aid.
According to the medical team, the passenger had suffered a cardiac arrest and breathed his last before the plane landed. The aircraft of a private airline, GoAir (6658) carrying 179 passengers, was en route to New Delhi from Riyadh, according to the sources.
Later, the sources said, the Indian plane departed from the Karachi airport after refueling. According to Indian media reports, the deceased passenger was a resident of Bareilly, a city in Uttar Pradesh.
Pakistan closed its airspace to Indian traffic after aerial dogfights in February last year ratcheted up tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals. It reopened its skies for all civilian traffic in July.
Indian operators were badly affected by the shutdown. Air India suffered losses of Rs4.91 billion ($71.6 million). According to India’s aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Go Airlines incurred a loss of Rs251 million. They lost money due to the closure of the Pakistani airspace. In contrast, Spicejet Ltd incurred losses of 307.3 million rupees.