Jeddah: A Telugu woman passenger, who fell sick mid-air on her way home from US forcing the emergency landing of her flight in Saudi Arabia last week, passed away on Saturday. The 60-year old woman, Bala Nagamma of Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh was returning home from New York last week, when she suffered a cardiac stroke. The Abu Dhabi bound flight from USA had to make an emergency landing in Riyadh after she fell ill mid-air.
The medical team at the airport responded quickly to the emergency and then she was rushed to a local hospital in Riyadh where she was admitted. Nagamma’s condition was stable and family was planning to make travel arrangement back to India, however, she passed away on Saturday morning, said sources.
Most of the NRIs purchase cheaper tickets for their beloved ones which do not cover health insurance for passengers. The unforeseen tragedies can only compound their woes. It is noteworthy to mention that Nagamma’s ticket was also not covered by health insurance and hence her medical bill in an unexpected stop in Saudi Arabia is a huge one, according to sources.
In a similar incident, Bilqis Begum of Hyderabad who was returning home from US was disembarked in London after her death mid-air, her body was repatriated to Hyderabad after two weeks after completing all formalities in London.