AirAsia plane grounded after senior citizen dies on board

KUCHING - An AirAsia airplane enroute to Penang had to be diverted to Kuching International Airport after a senior citizen on board died from heart complications.

The victim, Sandakan native Annie Dunlop, 71, had boarded the budget airline from Kota Kinabalu at about 3pm Friday.

She was heading to Penang with other family members when she lost consciousness.

Padawan OCPD Supt Pauzi Bujang said the victim suffered from heart complications.

"She complained of breathing difficulties as soon as the flight took off. The flight was diverted to Kuching to seek emergency medical aid, however the victim was pronounced dead once the plane.