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A 63-year-old male passed away after expelling a large amount of blood on a Lufthansa flight from Bangkok to Munich.
LH773 flight was planned to leave Bangkok on Thursday, February 8th at 11:40pm for the capital of Bavaria.
After 90 minutes of flight, the plane was compelled to return when a German citizen was declared deceased on board.
Based on a witness, the man bled a significant amount from his mouth and nose. Karin Missfelder, who was sitting behind the passenger, described the scene as terrifying with everyone screaming.
Upon boarding, Ms. Missfelder, a nursing specialist at University Hospital in Zurich, quickly recognized the poor health of her fellow passenger.
According to the Swiss news outlet Blick, she reported that he was experiencing cold sweats, rapid breathing, and a sense of apathy.
The husband’s Filipina spouse clarified that they had hurried to catch the plane, which is why he was feeling unwell.
At this point, the nurse stepped in and alerted that the passenger required medical assistance, causing the captain to request a doctor through the public announcement system.
“A man in his early 30s from Poland, who had limited proficiency in English, gazed at the German,” she recounted, only checking his pulse and inquiring about his well-being.
“She mentioned that they offered him a small amount of chamomile tea, but he had already coughed up blood into the bag his wife was holding for him.”
Despite the worsening circumstances, airport authorities chose to take off.
As the plane took off, the man’s condition deteriorated significantly and blood started pouring from his mouth and nose. “The man lost a large amount of blood,” she stated.
The flight attendants promptly started performing CPR, but unfortunately, it was not successful. The man was then taken to the galley and a choice was made to fly back to Bangkok.
The captain used the loudspeaker to announce the unfortunate passing of a passenger.
After experiencing a difficult situation, Martin, the husband of Ms Missfelder, described the scene at Bangkok Airport as disorganized. He stated that the passengers were not taken care of and had to wait for two hours without any assistance from a care team.
He stated that the most difficult aspect was when the deceased passenger’s wife had to go through customs by herself. She stood there on her own, feeling indifferent, and had to go through all the necessary procedures.
It is unacceptable that Lufthansa has taken no action in response to the case of approximately 30 traumatized passengers and that no one seems to be concerned.
A Lufthansa spokesperson verified to The Independent that a “medical emergency” took place during the flight. Despite prompt and thorough first aid actions by the crew and a physician onboard, the passenger passed away during the flight.
After flying for 1.5 hours, the crew chose to return to Bangkok where the plane landed without any issues. The medical emergency services and Thai authorities’ instructions were then followed.
We have rebooked the passengers from the cancelled flight onto different flights. We extend our condolences to the family of the deceased passenger. We apologize for any inconvenience experienced by the passengers on this flight.
When asked about their decision to leave Bangkok, Lufthansa did not provide a response, even though the man’s health was declining.
The announcement follows the resumption of service after the German flag carrier cancelled numerous flights from major airports in response to a 27-hour strike by ground staff.
On Wednesday, February 7th, employees belonging to the Ver.di union went on strike at five prominent airports in Germany due to a disagreement regarding wages.
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