Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Dead Man on a Plane: A man dies mid-flight to Tanzania

Travelers Today       By    Carly Okyle

Updated: Jun 25, 2012 03:11 PM EDT

Text Size: A A A

Which Seat Looks Good?
Bad behavior is on the rise on flights and it’s causing stress for those in the airline industry and fellow passengers. (Photo : Reuters)

If you thought it would be bad to have snakes on a plane, immagine how much worse it would be to have a corpse on the aircraft. Now immagne having to sit next to that corpse -- for hours. That's what happened to Lena Pettersson, a radio broadcaster from Sweden.

Pettersson was flying from Amsterdam to Tanzania for vacation with a friend of hers. The two vacationers noticed, when they got on a plane, that there was a 30-something-year-old man who looked ill. The Local is reporting that she told her radio station, Sveriges Radio, "He was sweating and was having convulsions." The flight took off as scheduled, and once in the air, flight attendants asked for help. The man was given a cardiac massage, but he died a few hours after receiving medical attention.

Share This Story

According to the Huffington Post, the man's body was covered with a blanket and placed along three seats on the plane, across the aisle from Pettersson, where he stayed until the overnight flight was completed and the plane landed in the east Africa.

Although Pettersson went on to enjoy her vacation, The Local explains that, upon reflection, "Pettersson decided to seek compensation from the airline, concluding that she had not been entirely satisfied with her flight." Kenya Airways eventually refunded Pettersson $713, which was approximately half of what she paid for the ticket.

"This feels much better. It is reasonable," she said. When asked about the experience, she was honest and undramatic. She said, "Of course it was unpleasant, but I'm not the kind of person who makes a fuss."

This is not the first time that a passenger has died on a plane while the aircraft is en route. This past September, Jetstar gave $100 travel vouchers to passengers on an 11-hour Singapore to Auckland flight because a man died on the plane after choking on an in-flight meal. Unlike Pettersson's case, however, his body was moved to the crew area of the plane. Moreover, a woman died after becoming unresponsive on a Delta flight this past week. Although the plane switched routes to give her medical attention, nobody is certain if the woman died on the flight or after the plane had landed. In one case, passengers tried to board a plane with an already-deceased relative

© 2015 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Kas, Turkey

Things to Consider While Planning the Perfect Summer Adventure

It is difficult to figure out where to go when there are so many amazing and breathtaking places around the globe to choose from. But there are a couple of important qualifications that can help narrow down the options: safety, weather, and expense.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Jodi Arias Update

Jodi Arias UPDATE: Convicted Murderer To Live In Prison For Life Without Any Chance Of Parole

Jodi Arias’ latest update reveals that the convicted killer is getting a sentence of natural life in prison with no chance of parole. Now that the sentence has been given, the 2008 murder case that made headlines for its salacious details is finally closed.

No reports of injury after a magnitude 3.5 quake in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Earthquake: 3.5 Magnitude Quake Shakes West Los Angeles Five Hours After Smaller Quake, Due To Drilling?

Los Angeles Earthquake – On Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 3.5 earthquake shook the Baldwin Hills section of Los Angeles. Residents on social media described the recent Los Angeles earthquake as a “quick jolt.”

Collegiate rowing team gets attacked by Asian carp

Asian Carp Attacks Rowers, Flies Towards Them? [VIDEO]

Asian Carp Attack – Early Friday morning, the Washington University in St. Louis freshman men's rowing team experienced an unexpected scene with a swarm of Asian carp. The Asian Carp attack occurred as swarm flew out of the water and seemingly attacked, or to be more specific, slapped them in the face.

20 sleeping dam workers were killed Balochistan, Pakistan

Dam Workers Killed: 20 Sleeping Workers Gunned By 40 Men In Pakistan

Dam Workers Killed – Early Saturday, gunmen in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province shot and killed at least 20 sleeping workers, while wounding three at a dam construction site. The attack which had the dam workers killed is now considered the deadliest attack in recent times which targeted civilians in a region with low-level insurgency.

Disturbing video shows horse thief being beaten by police in California

Horse Thief Beaten By Police: Shocking Footage Shows 11 Officers Brutally Beating Thief, Gets Internal Investigation [VIDEO]

Horse Thief Beaten By Police – A video showing more than ten deputies beating and kicking a suspected horse thief is making headlines. The footage of the showing the horse thief beaten by police has been recorded by an NBC Los Angeles helicopter Thursday, and it lasts for about two minutes.

Six Thais, one Italian injured in car bomb blast on Thailand's Samui island

Thailand Car Bomb Explosion: Injures 7 In Popular Resort Island, Act Of Islamic Insurgency?

Thailand Car Bomb Explosion – On Friday, a bomb exploded at the Central Festival shopping mall in Samui Island in Surat Thani province, one of the country’s popular resort islands. The Thailand car bomb explosion, which went off in the basement of the mall after a fashion show at 11:30 p.m., injured seven people, according to authorities.

7 died in a plane crash near Bloomington, IL while returning home from NCAA championship game

Bloomington, Il Plane Crash: 7 Dead While Returning From NCAA Tournament, NTSB Investigating

Bloomington, Il Plane Crash – Seven people died after a small plane crash in McLean County, Illinois, near the Bloomington airport Tuesday while on its way home from the NCAA basketball tournament in Indianapolis. Authorities said that two members of Illinois State University's athletic department were amongst those killed in the Bloomington, Il plane crash.

Dozens arrested as violence erupts at Kentucky's basketball celebration

Lexington Fans Arrested: Wildcat Fans Rampage Over Loss, 31 Arrests Made

Lexington Fans Arrested – Following the loss of Wildcats to the Badgers, a number of Wildcat fans were left bewildered over the loss. However, some fans were quite enraged that they took their rage literally with a number of fires spread in the University of Kentucky’s Lexington Campus.

Caribbean Beach

Delaware Family Pesticide: Family In Critical Condition Following Alleged Pesticide Poisoning At Caribbean Resort

Delaware Family Pesticide – What should have been a safe and enjoyable Caribbean getaway turned out to be a deadly one. A family from Delaware is in serious condition following an alleged pesticide poisoning at the Sirenusa Resort on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2015 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter