(File pix) A staff of AirAsia Bhd (AirAsia) died while on duty during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bandung, Indonesia today.

KUALA LUMPUR: A staff of AirAsia Bhd (AirAsia) died while on duty travel during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bandung, Indonesia today.

As a result, the flight, AK416, had to be diverted and landed at the Senai International Airport in Johor.

The low-cost carrier, in a media statement, confirmed that flight AK416 from Kuala Lumpur to Bandung was diverted to the Senai airport due to a ‘medical emergency’.

The company said the AirAsia staff on duty was given immediate medical treatment upon landing, but was later pronounced dead by a doctor on the ground.

“The AirAsia family is saddened by the loss of an Allstar and extends our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased.

“We will provide all necessary support to the family during this bereavement period,” said the company

AirAsia said flight AK416 later departed from Senai at 9am and arrived at the Husein Sastranegara International Airport, Indonesia at 10.11am.

The company said the safety of its guests is our utmost priority and it will continue to provide as much assistance as possible in these circumstances.

Meanwhile, Kulai district police chief Superintendent Dzulkhairi Mukhtar, when contacted, said AirAsia has lodged a police report on the incident.

He said the deceased was an Indonesian man, aged 46. Details on the man’s designation within the company was unavailable at press time.

The case has been classified as sudden death.

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