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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Boy, 4, died on flight that made emergency landing in Abu Dhabi

The body of the boy was repatriated on an Etihad flight to India for burial

The boy suffered a seizure on an Oman Air flight, which then made an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi. Amy Leang / The National
The boy suffered a seizure on an Oman Air flight, which then made an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi. Amy Leang / The National

The body of a boy, 4, has been repatriated to India on an Etihad flight after he died on board a flight from Saudi Arabia.

The flight had to make an emergency landing in Abu Dhabi on Monday after the boy, Yahya Puthiyapurayil, suffered an epileptic seizure.

The seizure happened 45 minutes after the Oman Air flight took off from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for Kozhikode in Kerala, India.

M Rajamurugan, a consular at the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi, said Yahya’s body was repatriated on an Etihad flight on Tuesday. Yahya’s burial then took place in the afternoon.

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