Passengers faint due to faulty air-conditioning onboard Karachi-bound flight

Twitter users posted videos of passengers fainting near the plane’s exits, and people fanning themselves with leaflets.

world Updated: Sep 12, 2017 13:13 IST
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service
Indo Asian News Service, Karachi
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Passengers help a fellow traveller who fainted onboard the Karachi-bound flight from Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Twitter)

Many passengers aboard a Karachi-bound flight from Saudi Arabia fainted due to a faulty air-conditioning system, delaying their arrival by more than three hours, the media reported on Tuesday.

Sources said many passengers fainted onboard due to suffocation and a rise in cabin temperature, reports Dawn news.

A video confirming this went viral on social media on Monday when a Twitter user posted a video of passengers fainting in front of the plane’s marked exits.

Another initial video which was shared by a passenger showed people fanning themselves with leaflets while some elderly men fainted.

The Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV-706 from Medina was scheduled to arrive in Karachi on Saturday afternoon bringing home Haj pilgrims but was unable to do so on time due to unknown reasons.

According to passengers, mostly women and children, they learned that the air-conditioning was not working on board after they had boarded the aircraft, Dawn news reported.

Many complained to the crew and were told that the issue would be fixed before they took off.

However, a passenger said, that this did not happen for the duration of their flight.

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 13:09 IST