A man named Besharat from Bagh Azad Jammu Kashmir tragically passes away on flight en route to Muscat from Islamabad. The flight had to make an emergency landing at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, where the deceased passenger’s body was handed over to airport staff.
This incident is reminiscent of a similar one that occurred just last month when an Indian passenger died mid-flight while returning to Chennai International Airport from Muscat. The passenger’s death was suspected to be due to a cardiac arrest. Even after landing at the airport, the passenger remained seated while other passengers disembarked.
Cabin crew members assumed he was asleep, but upon receiving no response, they realized he was unconscious and alerted ground authorities. Medical professionals at the airport’s emergency medical center declared the passenger dead. Airport police initiated the necessary procedures for a post-mortem examination and promptly informed the victim’s family.
In other news, the financial struggles of Pakistan’s national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), have prompted the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to provide a lifeline of one billion rupees to help clear the airline’s staff salaries.
Sources familiar with the situation disclosed that this payment has enabled PIA to settle its employees’ salaries up to August. However, the airline’s financial predicament remains a pressing issue, which has recently led to the grounding of aircraft.
Additionally, PIA secured crucial funding of Rs 18 billion in bank loans on Friday to avert the suspension of its flight operations. PIA’s spokesperson, Abdullah Khan, confirmed this development, stating that the loan was used to settle essential dues.
The once-promising national carrier has faced escalating challenges and setbacks. It was on the verge of grounding 15 aircraft, further reducing its operational fleet. The supply of spare parts to PIA had also been at risk of suspension due to cash flow problems.