Hajj pilgrims travelling from Madina to Karachi in a foreign airline flight suffered an excruciating experience as the plane's air-conditioning system stopped working, Express News reported.
The special Hajj flight SV-706 took off after a delay of nearly three hours. When the the passengers finally boarded the plane, they found out that its air-conditioners were not working.
The air crew told the passengers that the air-conditioners would start working after take off, but that did not happen.
The passengers travelled in extreme heat, finding it difficult to breathe.
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The air crew continued with the journey, instead of returning to Madina or landing at a nearby airport in view of the lack of air-conditioning.
According to international aviation laws, a flight is supposed to make emergency landing if any passenger's medical condition worsens.