A senior citizen died on board an Air India flight on Wednesday. The passenger identified as Krishnakant Verma, 71, was flying from Raipur to Mumbai on flight IC 169, and was accompanied by his son.
“He was suffering from some respiratory ailment and had a ‘fit to fly’ certificate. He was accompanied by his son when he collapsed on board the flight,” said the spokesperson of the national carrier. According to sources, Verma complained of uneasiness and breathlessness.
Doctors at the Mumbai airport declared Verma dead after the flight landed in the city at 5.30 pm. Verma has two sons – one living in Mumbai and the other with him in Raipur.
This is not the first incident where a passenger has died on board an incoming flight. In November 2006, two persons had died on board two separate international flights, which were to land at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.
Ramanand Sharma, 76, who was travelling on board an Air India flight from Nairobi, and 58-year-old Pannaben Marfatia, traveling on a British Airways flight from London were the two who had died on board flights.