A man passed away on board an Aer Lingus flight last night after he reportedly started biting another passenger and became unwell after being restrained.
Irish Mirror reports that, flight EI 485 was travelling from Lisbon in Portugal to Dublin in Ireland when it was forced to divert and make an emergency landing in Cork.
Reports claim the man, believed to be 24 years old, began “biting another passenger” and was later restrained by crew after becoming “extremely violent”.
It is understood the man later became unwell after being restrained and fell into a state of unconsciousness, before being pronounced dead on the flight.
The pilot informed controllers of the situation on board and requested clearance to divert and land at the airport after the man started to become “extremely violent”.
He told controllers that there was a passenger “running amok” and that he had “injured one or two passengers”.
It is also understood there was a doctor on board who tried to assist the restrained passenger. While nearing Cork airport, the crew informed controllers there was a doctor on board treating “a gentleman”, but said the man in question no longer had a pulse.
All 168 passengers and six crew members were moved off the plane and into the airport. It is also understood a second man was injured during a biting incident, as he tried to help the deceased.
The injured man was taken to hospital following the emergency landing.