An elderly Pakistani woman died on Wednesday after falling off an ambulift at Najaf International Airport, said a statement by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
Relatives of the deceased woman climbed on the ambulift which lead to the incident, said Najaf Airport Authority.
The PIA statement added that the woman, aged between 93 and 94 years old, was travelling on PK220. She was shifted to a local hospital after the incident but succumbed to her injuries.
Nisar Fatima was buried in a cemetery in Najaf in accordance with the will of her relatives, said the spokesperson of the national carrier.
“PIA staff is fully in contact with the relatives of deceased, Mrs Nisar Fatima and offered them every possible help including all expenses to be borne by PIA, return of immediate family to Pakistan on the next available flight and offering them free tickets for their next trip to Najaf whenever they intend to.”
PIA CEO Musharraf Rasool Cyan extended his condolences to the family of the woman and ordered an investigation into the incident. Cyan had also asked the airport manager in Najaf to issue a notice to the ground handling staff for their negligence.
“The ground handling at Najaf is being handled by the Najaf Airport Authority. PIA has issued a notice to the Najaf Airport Authority and asked for a detailed report of the sad incident immediately,” added the PIA statement.