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Abu Dhabi airport confirms death on PIA aircraft

Bus driver complained of severe abdominal pain before boarding flight.
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The death of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger at Abu Dhabi International Airport has been confirmed by a senior official from the UAE aviation hub.

According to a report in Khaleej Times, the passenger suffered a cardiac arrest on board the aircraft, shortly before the flight was scheduled to depart for Peshawar on Tuesday 5th July 2011.

47-year-old Ayoub Ali, a private bus driver, was planning a trip to his home country on flight PK218 after working in the UAE for two years.

“Abu Dhabi Airport Company (ADAC) received a call from the airline staff at 1.30am requesting a doctor to examine an unconscious passenger, who collapsed on the aircraft minutes before takeoff. Airport medical staff were then deployed to the aircraft; unfortunately, the passenger was pronounced dead by the airport doctor at 1.45am,” stated Harib Ghannam Al Hameli, vice president of operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

“The ADAC family would like to pass its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased passenger for their sad loss.”

The flight was delayed for two-and-a-half hours as a result of the incident and special arrangements to repatriate the body free of charge have reportedly been offered by PIA.

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