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Pilot has heart attack while in the air

04 March 2016, 13:38

Saudi Arabia – A Saudi Arabian pilot transporting close to 220 passengers died in the cockpit while flying after he suffered a deadly heart attack, reports Standard Media.

Also read: JKIA security hits alltime high in wake of Shabaab terror fears.

Captain Waleed bin Mohammed Al-Mohammed flying for Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV 1734 died just before landing at King Khalid International Airport.

Luckily the co-pilot was able to radio a state of emergency upon finding his colleague passed out.

According to a statement released by Saudi Arabian Airlines the plane and passengers were never at any risk.

The co-pilot worked "meticulously and in a professional manner" and that passengers were not told about the incident until the plane had safely reached its gate.

Meanwhile Kenyan airports "are not under any imminent threat," the country's airport authority said on Monday in an attempt to calm the public after an internal memo leaked to the press described plans by al-Shabaab Islamists to attack airports.

"We wish to inform the general public that the aviation industry is very sensitive to all security matters. We take proactive action on any intelligence information, however frivolous it may seem," the Kenya Airports Authority said in an official statement in response to the media reports.

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