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Airport death again, this time Haj pilgrim

Gulf Air passenger Sahabuddin Ansari (61), returning from the Haj, collapses at the airport lounge, reports Lalatendu Mishra .

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 04:53 IST

One more air passenger died of cardiac arrest at Mumbai airport early on Tuesday morning, taking the number of fliers’ deaths registered at airport police stations to seven in 70 days.

Gulf Air passenger Sahabuddin Ansari (61), returning from the Haj, collapsed at the airport lounge after getting off the Bahrain-Mumbai flight which landed at 4 am.

The Bhiwandi resident was found unconscious on the mezzanine floor of Terminal 2A, on his way to the immigration counter. Gulf Air staff called the airport doctor to attend on him at 4.40 am.

“Our doctor, nurse and attendant reached in five minutes. Another doctor joined them to revive him,” said an airport spokesperson.

The doctors declared him dead at 5.15 am and the body was handed over to the airport police, who registered a case of accidental death.

“The passenger had diabetes and high blood pressure and died of natural reasons,” said the duty officer at the Sahar police station.

A Gulf Air spokesperson from Bahrain told HT: “We were not informed about his medical history. He was okay on the flight.”

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First Published: Jan 10, 2007 04:53 IST