- Passengers say they were offered 10 francs after returning to Bangkok airport
Horrified air passengers screamed and were left ‘traumatised’ yesterday when a German husband started coughing up ‘litres of blood’ in front of his wife before collapsing and dying mid-flight.
The 63-year-old traveller, who has not been named, was said to have boarded the Lufthansa flight from Bangkok to Munich visibly ill before his condition rapidly deteriorated.
‘It was absolute horror, everyone was screaming,’ fellow passenger Martin Missfelder, from Zurich, Switzerland, told Swiss outlet Blick.
The man – who was travelling with his Filipina wife – had got on with ‘cold sweats’ and was ‘breathing much too quickly’ before passengers rushed to help him, offering tea and taking his pulse.
But as the plane took off, he went quickly downhill. The man was said to have been spitting into a bag when a ‘gush of blood’ came out of his mouth and nose, splattering the walls of the Airbus A380 aircraft.
Horrified air passengers screamed and were left ‘traumatised’ yesterday when a German husband started coughing up ‘litres of blood’ in front of his wife before collapsing and dying mid-flight. Passengers took pictures onboard as the drama unfolded
The 63-year-old traveller, who has not been named, was said to have boarded the Lufthansa flight from Bangkok to Munich visibly ill before his condition rapidly deteriorated. Hours later he was taken off the aircraft lifeless in the Thai capital (pictured)
Illustrative image of an Airbus A380. A man died flying from Bangkok to Munich on Thursday
The jet was forced to return to Bangkok after the German husband’s horrific on-board death yesterday
The man’s wife had initially told cabin crew that her husband was feeling unwell because they had been forced to run to catch the plane at Bangkok airport.
‘A flight attendant then reacted and asked him if he was okay, she was very worried,’ said Martin’s 55-year-old nursing specialist wife Karin, who was sitting with her husband directly behind the couple.
But when the German was given the green-light to stay on board, Karin intervened and told cabin crew a doctor was urgently needed.
The pilot arrived and called for a doctor over the loudspeaker.
A 30-year-old Polish medic ‘with poor English’ then arrived, asked how the man was and took his pulse before indicating that he seemed OK.
Martin told Blick: ‘They then gave him a little chamomile tea, but he was already spit tingblood into the bag that his wife held out to him.’
The plane took off before the man’s condition dramatically deteriorated, increasingly spitting blood into a bag – before a ‘gush’ of blood came out of his mouth and nose.
‘It was absolute horror, everyone was screaming,’ said Martin, adding that the man lost ‘litres of blood’ which covered the cabin walls.
Flight attendants rushed in to action after the tragic eruption.
Ms Missfelder said staff kept up ‘amateurish’ resuscitation attempts for about half an hour but it was clear the man could not be saved.
‘It was dead quiet on board,’ Ms Missfelder said, describing the aftermath. The man was carried into the galley and the plane had to fly back to Bangkok with the captain announcing over the loudspeaker that there had been a death onboard.
Ms Missfelder said she blamed herself for not doing more to prevent the tragedy when the plane was still on the ground.
The flight turned around, returning to Bangkok Airport where passengers complained they were left to wait without guidance for two hours.
Travellers on board said the wife of the man who had died had to walk alone through customs as they were rebooked on another flight via Hong Kong.
‘She stood there all alone and apathetic and had to endure all the formalities,’ Mr Missfelder told Blick.
He said it was ‘unacceptable’ that ’30 traumatised passengers’ were left to wait without direction – and said he hopes for an apology to the group and the wife of the deceased.
Passengers also claim they were offered a 10-franc voucher (£9.06). It was not clear from local reports what the voucher was intended for.
MailOnline contacted Lufthansa for comment.
In January 2024, a passenger was found dead in a plane toilet during a flight from Tenerife, Spain to Manchester, England.
Travellers aboard the Jet2 flight alerted staff after they noticed the bathroom on board had been occupied for some time.
The crew discovered the man, who has not been named, had died, prompting plane to divert to Cork in Ireland.
Lufthansa confirmed a man had died on a flight to Swiss-German outlet Blick
‘Flight LS918 from Tenerife to Manchester diverted to Cork Airport on Tuesday January 2, due to a customer requiring medical attention,’ a Jet2 spokesman told MailOnline.
‘Regrettably, we can confirm that the customer sadly passed away, despite the best efforts of our highly-trained crew who intervened as soon as they became aware.
‘This was an extremely difficult situation for our crew and we would like to thank them for their efforts.
‘Our thoughts are with the customer’s family and friends at this very difficult time.’