Dubai: A 52-year-old Indian man died on board an Alitalia flight to Milan, Italy, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi. The incident happened on Tuesday.

The deceased, identified as Kailash Chandra Saini, was accompanied by his son Heera Lal on the New Delhi to Milan flight when he died.

“All the formalities in Abu Dhabi have been completed to repatriate the body back to India. We are now working with New Delhi to complete the official procedure,” M Rajamurugan, Counsellor at the Indian embassy in UAE, was quoted as saying to news agency PTI.

He said the Abu Dhabi authorities have issued a death certificate and the son would shortly fly out on an Etihad flight with his father’s body. Saini, who belonged to Rajasthan, was residing in Italy.

In a similar incident on February 5, an Air India flight from Bengaluru to Delhi landed at Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport after a passenger Jawahar Wali complained of uneasiness on board.

The flight landed in Bhopal at 6:55 pm but the passenger, aged over 60, died en route to Suditi Hospital near the airport.

In May 2018, a 38-year-old man died on board a Ahmedabad-Kochi flight after he reportedly suffered a heart attack. The incident took place shortly after the plane took off. As per the airport officials, the Indigo flight was heading towards Surat when the emergency was sounded. The deceased identified as Jagdish Pandya, a resident of Bhavnagar, boarded the flight from Ahmedabad to Kochi.