The passenger, said to be a 63-year-old German national, was pronounced dead on board and the plane was forced to return. One witness described the scene as “utter horror”, adding: “Everyone was screaming.”
by Daniel Binns, news reporter
Sunday 11 February 2024 13:13, UK
A man died after vomiting “several liters of blood” on a flight from Bangkok to Munich, passengers said.
Witnesses said the German man, said to be 63 years old, felt unwell shortly after boarding the Lufthansa flight with his wife on Thursday.
The man was sweating profusely and appeared to be having trouble breathing, but his partner told the flight crew that it was safe to board the plane and that he was tired from running to catch his flight.
Passenger Martin Misfelder said the man’s condition rapidly deteriorated shortly after takeoff and he began vomiting blood into his bag, before blood began to drain from his mouth and nose.
“It was really scary. Everyone was screaming,” he told Swiss news agency Blick.
Missfelder said the man lost “several liters of blood” and the plane’s walls were splattered.
Flight attendants spent about 30 minutes trying to resuscitate the man before he was pronounced dead.
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The Airbus A380 then turned around and returned home. ThailandThe capital was reached in just an hour and a half of a 12-hour journey.
Mr. Misfelder told Mr. Brick that there was “chaos” when the plane landed.
He added that the worst part was seeing the deceased man’s wife go through customs alone, “enduring all the formalities”.
A Lufthansa spokesperson told MailOnline: “Despite immediate and comprehensive first aid provided by the crew and onboard doctor, the passenger died during the flight.
“We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased passengers. We also regret any inconvenience caused to the passengers on this flight.”
The airline added that all affected passengers had booked alternative flights to return home.
Sky News has contacted Lufthansa for comment.