A tragic incident unfolded onboard Lufthansa Flight LH773 from Bangkok to Munich as a 63-year-old passenger passed away mid-flight after a severe medical emergency. The flight, scheduled for departure at 11.40pm, was forced to turn back after the passenger began coughing up significant amounts of blood.
One of the eyewitnesses, Karin Missfelder, a nursing specialist at University Hospital, described the harrowing scene as the man lost liters of blood through his mouth and nose, causing panic among passengers. She had raised concerns about the man’s deteriorating health even before take-off.
According to reports from the Swiss news outlet Blick, a Polish doctor onboard attempted to assist the passenger, providing basic care such as chamomile tea. However, the situation escalated rapidly, with the man’s condition worsening dramatically as the plane continued its journey.
Despite efforts by the flight crew to resuscitate the passenger, the man tragically succumbed to the medical emergency, leading to the decision to return to Bangkok for emergency assistance. The Airbus A380 landed back in Bangkok where medical services and authorities took over.
Passengers onboard described the chaos and distress felt during the incident, with some expressing disappointment in the response and support provided by the airline after the passenger’s passing. The lack of immediate care for the traumatized passengers upon landing back in Bangkok was highlighted by Martin, Missfelder’s husband.
Lufthansa, in a statement to the media, expressed condolences to the family of the deceased passenger and acknowledged the inconvenience caused to other travelers on the flight. The airline assured that all necessary protocols were followed in response to the emergency.
As investigations continue into the tragic event on Flight LH773, the aviation community reflects on the importance of onboard medical facilities and preparedness for such unforeseen circumstances. The incident serves as a reminder of the fragility of life, even at cruising altitudes, prompting discussions on in-flight medical response procedures.
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