Flight from hell: Husband, 63, dies beside his wife when ‘litres of blood’ shoot out of his nose and mouth all over the interior of the plane in front of screaming passengers flying from Bangkok to Germany
Terrified air passengers screamed and were left ‘traumatised’ yesterday when a German man coughed up ‘litres of blood’ in front of his wife before collapsing and dying mid-flight.
The 63-year-old traveler, who has not been named, is 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. Can.
The man – who was traveling with his Filipina wife – broke out in a ‘cold sweat’ and was ‘breathing way too fast’ before passengers rushed to help him, offering him tea and taking his pulse.
But when the plane took off, it went downhill rapidly. The man is said to have been spitting into a bag when a ‘stream of blood’ came out of his mouth and nose and spattered the walls of the Airbus A380 plane.
Terrified air passengers screamed and were left ‘traumatised’ yesterday when a German man coughed up ‘litres of blood’ in front of his wife before collapsing and dying mid-flight. Passengers took pictures on board as the drama unfolded
The 63-year-old traveler, who has not been named, is said to have boarded the Lufthansa flight from Bangkok to Munich visibly ill before his condition rapidly deteriorated. Hours later he was taken lifeless from the plane in the Thai capital (photo)
Illustrative image of an Airbus A380. A man died on Thursday when he flew from Bangkok to Munich
The jet was forced to return to Bangkok after the German man’s gruesome death on board yesterday
The man’s wife initially told the cabin crew that her husband was feeling unwell because they were forced to run to catch the plane at the airport in Bangkok.
“A flight attendant then responded and asked him if he was okay, she was very worried,” said Martin’s 55-year-old nurse specialist wife Karin, who sat directly behind the couple with her husband.
But when the German was given the green light to stay on board, Karin intervened and told cabin crew that a doctor was urgently needed.
The pilot arrived and called a doctor over the loudspeaker.
A 30-year-old Polish doctor ‘with poor English’ then arrived, asked how the man was and took his pulse before indicating that he looked okay.
Martin told Blick: ‘They then gave him some chamomile tea, but he was already spitting bloody blood into the bag his wife held out to him.’
The plane took off before the man’s condition deteriorated dramatically, spitting more and more blood into a bag – before a ‘stream’ of blood came out of his mouth and nose.
“It was absolute horror, everyone was screaming,” Martin said, adding that the man had lost “litres of blood” which covered the cabin walls.
Flight attendants rushed into action after the tragic outburst.
Ms Missfelder said staff carried out ‘amateur’ resuscitation efforts for around 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 was a death on board.
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 and returned to Bangkok airport where passengers complained that they had to wait for two hours without guidance.
Travelers on board said the wife of the man who died had to walk through customs alone as they were rebooked on another flight via Hong Kong.
“She stood there alone and apathetic and had to endure all the formalities,” Mr Missfelder told Blick.
He said it was ‘unacceptable’ that ’30 traumatized passengers’ were left to wait without direction – and said he hoped for an apology from the group and the wife of the deceased.
Passengers also claim they were offered a 10 franc (£9.06) voucher. It was not clear from local reports what the voucher was intended for.
MailOnline has contacted Lufthansa for comment.
In January 2024, a passenger was found dead in an airplane toilet during a flight from Tenerife, Spain to Manchester, England.
Travelers on board the Jet2 flight alerted staff after noticing that the onboard bathroom had been occupied for some time.
The crew discovered the man, whose name has not been released, was dead, diverting the plane to Cork, Ireland.
Lufthansa confirmed a man died on a flight to the Swiss-German outlet Blick
‘Flight LS918 from Tenerife to Manchester diverted to Cork Airport on Tuesday 2 January due to a customer requiring medical attention,’ a Jet2 spokesperson told MailOnline.
‘Unfortunately we can confirm that the customer has unfortunately passed away despite the best efforts of our highly trained crew who intervened as soon as they became aware.
‘It was an extremely difficult situation for our crew and we would like to thank them for their efforts.
‘Our thoughts are with the client’s family and friends at this very difficult time.’