The airline officials were unable to trace Shajahan's whereabouts when the flight was about to take off Credit: Representational image

New Delhi: An Indian man aged 53 years working in the UAE missed his special repatriation flight after he fell asleep at the Dubai International Airport, say reports.

P Shajahan, a storekeeper in Abu Dhabi, was scheduled to fly to Thiruvananthapuram in an Emirates jumbo jet chartered by Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC) Dubai.

Shajahan paid 1,100 dirhams for the flight ticket and did not sleep the previous night as he kept waiting for the confirmation of his flight ticket that was scheduled to repatriate 427 stranded Indians to Kerala.

On receiving his confirmed ticket, he reached the airport early in the next morning and after going through the check-in process and rapid test, he sat down in a waiting area near the boarding gate at Terminal 3, say reports.

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“I sat away from most of the others. But I fell asleep after 4.30 pm,” he said.

The chartered flight coordinator S Nizamuddin Kollam said that the airline officials were unable to trace Shajahan’s whereabouts when the flight was about to take off.

“He woke up and called us after the flight left. It is sad that he missed the flight, which was the first-ever jumbo jet chartered for repatriation. We are now trying to send him on another Emirates flight that we are chartering on Saturday,” Kollam said.

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