Indian plane makes emergency landing at Karachi airport

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An Indian plane made an emergency landing at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport after a passenger’s health deteriorated during a flight.

The passenger, 30-year-old Muhammad Noushad, was pronounced dead after a team of doctors arrived at the airport for medical help.

According to the medical team, the passenger had suffered 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 airport sources.

The Indian plane later departed for New Delhi after refueling.

According to Indian media reports, the deceased passenger was a resident of Bareilly, a city in Uttar Pradesh state of India.

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, ending months of restrictions affecting major international routes.

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, India’s largest by market share and controlled by Interglobe Aviation Ltd, incurred a loss of Rs251 million due to the closure of the Pakistani airspace, while Spicejet Ltd incurred losses of 307.3 million rupees, Puri had said.

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