Man lay unconscious in Sharjah airport 15 hours after flight took off

Indian expat discovered at Sharjah airport is now in coma at Rashid Hospital

  • Unexpected turn: Sambandan Siva, passport copy below, had completed check-in and immigration formalities at ShImage Credit: Gulf News Archives
  • Airport shocker: The passport copy of Sambandan Siva who had completed check in and immigration formalities atImage Credit: supplied photo
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Dubai: A 51-year-old Indian expatriate was found unconscious at Sharjah International Airport on July 3 — 15 hours after his flight took off, XPRESS has learnt.

Sambandan Siva is currently in a coma at Dubai’s Rashid Hospital. His condition is critical, his employers said.

Siva, who works with the UAE-based Al Huraiz Group, had taken a month’s leave to go to Chennai in India as he was not keeping well. He was booked on an Air Arabia flight on the evening of July 2.

His employers said Siva had completed check-in and immigration and was waiting to board his flight when he fell unconscious. But it was not until the next morning that he was discovered in that state.

A group official told XPRESS: “Siva was to reach Chennai at 2.30am on July 3. But his family called us at around 6am asking us why he had not arrived.

“We were shocked because as far as we knew, he had even cleared immigration.”

Realising something was amiss, Siva’s employers contacted the airline and airport authorities.

“An airport official took his details from us and went in the airport to search for him. At around 11.30am, we were informed that he had been found and was in bad shape. They cancelled his immigration check and handed him over to us. We immediately rushed him to Rashid Hospital,” he said.

Siva’s employers are shocked that he went unnoticed for 15 hours.

In a complaint to airport authorities, a company official said: “I really don’t know whom I should blame, the airport authority who didn’t notice [him] for 15 hours or the airline which didn’t bother to check for the passenger after issuing the boarding card.”

He said the airport authority had assured the company that they would look into the matter and take necessary action. XPRESS’ queries to the authorities did not get an immediate response.

The Al Huraiz official said: “We as a society need to be more alert. Had someone noticed Siva earlier, he could have received timely medical attention and perhaps his condition would not have deteriorated to such an extent.”

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  • M Pinto

    Jul 18, 2013 12:56

    The airline does not bother to call out passengers names, even if theboarding card has been issued and the passenger is not found at theboarding gate. They simply wash off their hands, saying the passengershould be responsible to arrrive at the boarding gate. It happend to ourrelatives, who missed their flight due to this attitude, while they wereat the food court. In the end, they just had to buy a new ticket. What away of looting passengers!

  • Ravi

    Jul 18, 2013 11:47

    Shocking!! Unconscious passenger went un-noticed for 15 hours. That tooat air-port!! Wasn’t it a responsibility of the Air Arabia tosearch for the passenger when his immigration was cleared?

  • Dhadendralal

    Jul 18, 2013 11:22

    We have n number of certifications, quality standards, regularinspections, safety checks and so on to ensure safety and security. Butincidents like this creates doubt in the efficiency of the systems,effectiveness and competency of those in charge. However, it is good tosee that susch incidents are reported in the media. Let public know whatis happening and we should not trust on Names and Brands.

  • XYZ

    Jul 18, 2013 11:18

    When a person has cleared his immigration and not boarded his flightthere is a final call made with the person name. If still he did notrespond and missed his flight then the concerned airline has to update theairport authority or who ever is responsible regarding the same. Ifthis would have been done things would have been better,

  • Rami Abu Ghali

    Jul 18, 2013 9:57

    This will be another point the finger blame between the airportauthorities and the airline at the expense of a human life left injeopardy.

  • MJ

    Jul 18, 2013 9:45

    I call it a highly unprofessional attitude of the airport & airline authorities, who are least bothered about the well being of an individual.

  • farida

    Jul 18, 2013 9:29

    i think people in the UAE have to start thinking of others as part of community and help those who are in pain or distress.

  • Pasindu

    Jul 18, 2013 8:28

    Thoughts are with the gentlemen and the family as they are going throughthis. As a pilot, I find it appalling how he could have gone unnoticedfor 15 hours unconscious at a busy airport after checkin. Surely theairline has blame on their part as the carrier but more so the airportauthorities in the end that according to the company the gentlemen washanded back to the company after he was found unconscious? Not rushed tohospital directly?

  • fahim ahmed

    Jul 17, 2013 11:39

    That is because everyone is too busy with their smartphones.

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The airline does not bother to call out passengers names, even if theboarding card has been issued and the passenger is not found at theboarding gate. They simply wash off their hands, saying the passengershould be responsible to arrrive at the boarding gate. It happend to ourrelatives, who missed their flight due to this attitude, while they wereat the food court. In the end, they just had to buy a new ticket. What away of looting passengers!

M Pinto

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