A German man coughed up ‘liters of blood’ before dying in the middle of a Lufthansa A380 flight from Bangkok to Germany, leaving passengers ‘traumatized’. The 63-year-old German boarded a Lufthansa flight from Bangkok to Munich looking sick, but his health quickly worsened.
Martin Missfelder, 53, of Zurich, Switzerland, told the Swiss media site Blick: “It was absolute horror, everyone was screaming.”
The man’s wife had initially informed cabin crew that her husband was feeling ill as a result of having to sprint to catch the jet at Bangkok airport.
“A flight attendant then reacted and asked him if he was okay, she was very worried,” said Mr Missfelder’s wife Karin, who was sitting behind the duo.
The man was told he was well enough to fly, but she informed the cabin crew that a doctor was immediately needed. The pilot came and asked for a doctor over the loudspeaker.
A 30-year-old Polish medic inquired how the individual was and tested his pulse before confirming that he appeared to be well.
According to Mr. Missfelder, “They then gave him a little chamomile tea, but he was already spitting blood into the bag that his wife held out to him.”
The plane took off before the man’s condition worsened, and he began spitting blood into a bag until a ‘gush’ of blood poured out of his lips and nose.
“It was absolute horror, everyone was screaming,” Martin claimed, adding that the man lost ‘litres of blood’ that coated the cabin walls.
Ms Missfelder stated that the man died, his body was moved into the galley, and the plane had to fly back to Bangkok with the captain stating over the loudspeaker that there had been a death onboard.
The Lufthansa A380 turned back and returned to Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
A Lufthansa flight representative said “We confirm that on 8 February 2024 on aircraft LH773 (Airbus A380) from Bangkok to Munich, a customer experienced a medical emergency on board.
“The passenger died during the flight, despite the crew and a doctor on board providing immediate and comprehensive first aid.”
“After 1.5 hours of flight, the crew opted to return to Bangkok, where the plane landed regularly and safely.
“The instructions of the medical emergency services and Thai authorities were followed.” Because this flight was cancelled, the people on it were rebooked on other flights.
“Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased passenger. We also apologise for any difficulty this flight’s passengers may have experienced.
“Please understand that we are generally cannot provide any further details in the event of medical emergencies for reasons of privacy.”
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