One more air passenger died at the Mumbai airport due to cardiac arrest early on Tuesday morning taking the number of deaths of flyers registered at airport police stations to seven in the last 70 days.
Gulf Air passenger Sahabuddin Pir Mohammed Ansari (61) returning from his Haj pilgrimage collapsed at the airport lounge soon after disembarking from Gulf Air Bahrain-Mumbai flight GF-056, which landed at 4 am.
Ansari, a resident of Dargha Road Bhiwandi in nearby Thane district was found lying on the floor on the mezzanine floor of the Terminal 2A before he could approach the immigration counter to complete his formalities. According to airport officials, the Gulf Air staffs called the airport doctor to attend on Ansari at 4.40 am.
"Our doctor, nurse and attendant rushed to the spot in five minutes and they saw the passenger lying in an unconscious condition. His pulse was absent, pupils not responding to lights, BP was not getting recorded and heartbeats were absent. Another doctor was rushed in and they tried to revive him administering injections and other methods, but there was no cardiac activity," said airport spokesman.
He said the process to revive the passenger was continued for some time and when everything failed the doctors declared him dead at 5.15 am and the body was handed over to the airport police.
The police have registered an accidental death case under section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc) and sent the body for post-mortem.
"The passenger was unwell, he was having diabetics and high blood pressure and died of natural reasons. The body has been claimed by Ansari's son Jamil Ahmed (24)," said duty officer at the Sahar police station.
A doctor at Cooper Hospital mortuary on condition of anonymity said, "The post mortem report says that Ansari died of coronary artery heart disease which is a natural death."
A Gulf Air spokesperson from Bahrain told HT over phone, "As long as the passenger was with us he was perfectly fine and was fit to fly. Neither we were informed anything about his medical history nor we noticed anything wrong while he was on board the flight. We don't have any control of what happen at the airport."