Man bites passenger?: Aer Lingus Bite

Published: October 20, 2015

Man bites passenger?: Aer Lingus Bite, This is the moment officers boarded an Aer Lingus flight to Dublin after a man turned violent and bit a fellow passenger who tried to restrain him – then dropped dead.

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out on the body of a 24-year-old Brazilian man who died on the flight from Lisbon, Portugal yesterday.

The flight was forced to divert to Cork Airport after the man became agitated and violent and had to be restrained.

A 44-year-old Portuguese woman travelling with him was later arrested when 5lb of amphetamines was discovered on the plane.

The post-mortem exam is to be carried out in an attempt to establish if the man suffered some form of a seizure or had an underlying medical condition or if there was another reason for his condition.

Another man who attempted to restrain him was bitten. Other passengers on the plane, believed to be medics, also helped in efforts to calm the man.

There have been claims that the man had to be restrained after becoming ‘extremely violent’ on the flight.

A Portuguese woman in her 40s was arrested on suspicion of drugs offences after the flight landed when a quantity of amphetamines was discovered.

Gardai are investigating if the woman was travelling with the dead man.

A technology worker who was returning to Ireland after a weekend away in Lisbon told Mailonline that he had been sitting next to the man for much of the flight and he had seemed normal at first.

He explained: He seemed OK. I had just been playing a game on my phone and listening to music but everything seemed fine.

‘He then began shaking and shivering but I just thought it might have been cramp or something.

‘I asked him if I could get by so I could go to the toilet but he said no, which I thought was a bit weird.

‘He started shaking more so I asked him if he was alright but he couldn’t reply.

‘I got past him and went to see one of the flight attendants to tell them I thought he might be having a seizure.

‘Then he just jumped up from his seat and ran across the arm rests and pushed the food trolley out of the way and went to the back of the plane.

‘I went and sat back down in my seat and the flight attendants and some other people on board tried to treat him but I didn’t see anything else.

‘It was quite calm where I was sitting though and then we were told we would be diverting to Cork.

‘I thought we would only be stopping there for 30 minutes but there was an ambulance waiting and about 20 Garda cars.

‘But we were there for a long time and that’s when I realised something must have been really wrong and then it turned out the man had passed away.’


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