The body of a passenger who died on board SriLankan Airlines flight No. UL 605 from Melbourne on Saturday night was handed over to the Katunayake police.
The Airport Duty Officer said the deceased Ratnalingam Ramalingam (75) was a resident of Jaffna. The passenger had taken ill and died a little while after the flight took off from Melbourne airport. However, the crew had decided to proceed to Katunayake without returning to Melbourne.
The body was referred to the Negombo Hospital for postmortem examinations. (T.K.G. Kapila)