Indian pilot dies of heart attack mid-flight

Dubai: An Indian pilot working for Qatar Airways has died mid-flight due to a massive heart attack after the plane took off from Manila, even as the aircraft landed safely at Kuala Lumpur.

Ajay Kukreja, 43, who has been working with the airline for five years, was flying QR645 with around 260 passengers on board yesterday when the tragedy struck.

When Kukreja complained of chest pain the co-pilot requested permission from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) authorities to land and asked that a medical team be on hand, a report in The Peninsula said.

The passengers on board were not told about the pilot's condition, the report said adding that he was declared dead after the flight landed at KLIA.

The entire crew of the plane was then changed and it continued on its journey leaving Kuala Lumpur at 1.15pm and landing in Doha at 3.

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