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A New Delhi-bound SpiceJet plane made an emergency landing in Varanasi today after a Thai national died on board from a heart attack, authorities said.

The flight took off from Bangkok at 7:40 am with 189 passengers including a 22-member Thai group of tourists of which 53-year-old Atabot Thngcusorn was a member.

Officials at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi were informed by the crew that Mr Atabot had suffered a heart attack and the flight had to make an emergency landing.

Soon after the plane landed, the passenger was rushed to a nearby medical facility where he was declared brought dead.

Airport director Anil Kumar Rai said the passenger was accompanied by his wife, sister and seven other family members.

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