Passenger found dead on Chennai bound flight

August 17th, 2008 - 1:13 am ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Aug 16 (IANS) A 27-year-old wheelchair-bound passenger travelling here from Kuala Lumpur on a Malaysian Airlines flight Saturday evening was found dead nearly 30 minutes after take-off, an official said. “The passenger, Naina Mohamed Sathiq Ali, asked for water and visited the toilet soon after take-off from Kuala Lumpur. He returned and suddenly slumped on his seat,” an airline source, insisting on anonymity, told IANS.

“An doctor aboard the aircraft pronounced him dead,” he added.

On the aircraft’s landing here, the body has been taken for an autopsy, the source said.

Police officials here, however, ruled out any foul play.

“The passenger seems to have died of natural causes according to reports available to us,” V. Varadharaju, superintendent of police in-charge of law and order at the Anna International air terminal, told IANS.

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