A 63-year-old German man died onboard a Lufthansa flight from Thailand to Germany on Thursday after coughing up “litres of blood”, reported news outlet Blick. A passenger who was on the same flight said that blood started spilling out from the man’s mouth and nose and some of it splattered on the walls of the plane.
The man, who has not been identified, boarded the flight from Bangkok, looking visibly sick, with “cold sweats” and “breathing much too quickly,” said Karin Missfelder, a passenger who was sitting directly behind the man.
Missfelder said the man’s wife at first said he wasn’t feeling well as they had to rush to catch the flight.
However, after observing the man for some time, Missfelder, who is a nursing specialist in Zurich, decided to alert a flight attendant and requested a doctor.
A young Polish man answered the call, but he only asked the ailing man how he was feeling, felt his pulse and then indicated that he was fine, Missfelder told Blick.
“They gave him a little chamomile tea, but he had already spit blood into the bag that his wife held out to him,” said Missfelder’s husband, Martin.
It was soon after this that a “gush of blood” came out of his mouth and nose which splattered the plane’s walls.
“It was absolute horror, everyone was screaming,” Martin said.
Flight attendants performed CPR on the man for about half an hour, but he couldn’t be saved. Missfelder said “it was dead quiet on board” when the captain announced the man’s death.
The flight then headed back to Thailand. As per the New York Post, flight data show it left Bangkok at 11:50 pm on Thursday and landed back in Thailand at 8:28 am on Friday.
A Lufthansa spokesperson confirmed the incident and said the passenger died despite having administered “immediate and comprehensive first aid measures” by the crew and a doctor on board.
“Our thoughts are with the relatives of the deceased passenger. We also regret the inconvenience caused to the passengers of this flight,” the spokesperson said.
Passengers said they had to wait two hours in Thailand without any guidance from Lufthansa before they were finally booked on another flight to Germany.