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Saudi Arabia: Air India pilot found dead in Riyadh hotel, heart attack suspected

27-year-old Rithwick Tiwari, a first officer with the state-run airline, died reportedly of a heart attack while working out in the hotel gym

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: May 30, 2018 21:05 IST ]
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An Air India pilot was found dead at a Riyadh hotel in Saudi Arabia Tuesday morning.

27-year-old Rithwick Tiwari, a first officer with the state-run airline, died reportedly of a heart attack while working out in the hotel gym, PTI reported quoting crew sources. 

Tiwari's body was identified by his colleague Renu Maulay after police broke open the door of a small toilet room inside the health club of Hotel Holiday Inn where it was found lying sideways.

Rithwick Tiwari’s death has been confirmed by Indian Embassy officials in Riyadh.

"He had collapsed in the wash room of the hotel gym this morning. He was then taken to a hospital, where the doctors declared him dead," Counsellor (Community Welfare) Anil Nautiyal told PTI over the phone. 

He said the embassy is yet to study the detailed hospital report, but it appeared to be a case of heart attack. 

Nautiyal said the embassy officials are in touch with the pilot's family. 

"We are in touch with the family but there are a lot of formalities that need to be completed before the mortal remains could be sent back to India," he said. 

Meanwhile, an Air India spokesperson in New Delhi said the airline's manager in Riyadh was coordinating the matter and they are awaiting the nod from the embassy before the body is flown to India.

(With PTI inputs)

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