The captain of a Qatar Airways flight from the Philippines to Qatar died as it was in the air on Wednesday, forcing the plane to land in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, the carrier said. "Qatar Airways regrets to inform that the captain of Flight QR645, operating from Manila to Doha, passed away on board," the airline said, according to AFP.
Qatar Airways said on Thursday the flight was diverted to Kuala Lumpur, where a new crew boarded. The flight "is due to land at Doha International Airport later today," the statement said. The reason for the death was not announced.
There were 260 passengers on board, but thet were not notified about the death. The pilot was in his 40s.