PHUKET: An AirAsia plane made an emergency landing at Phuket International Airport after a Malaysian man returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca suffered heart failure while in Thai airspace.

The crew of flight D7 171 from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur attempted to resuscitate Ridzwan Bin Jamaludin, 64, while still in the air, explained Thalang Police Deputy Superintendent Amnuay Kriwuttianant.

“The captain contacted Phuket Aeronautical Radio for permission to stage an emergency landing and to have an ambulance pick Mr Jamaludin up,” Lt Col Amnuay.