A 63-year-old German man died Thursday aboard a Lufthansa flight from Thailand to Germany after coughing up “liters of blood,” Blick reported. A passenger who was on the same flight said blood began spilling 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, visibly ill, in “cold sweats” and “breathing too fast,” said Karin Missfelder, a passenger who was sitting directly behind the man.
Missfelder said the man’s wife initially said she didn’t feel well because they had to rush to catch the flight.
However, after observing the man for some time, Missfelder, who is a specialist nurse in Zurich, decided to notify a flight attendant and called a doctor.
A young Polish man answered the call, but simply asked the patient how he was feeling, took his pulse and then told him that he was fine, Missfelder explained to Blick.
“They gave him some chamomile tea, but he had already spit blood into the bag his wife handed him,” said Martin, Missfelder’s husband.
Shortly after this, a “jet of blood” came from his mouth and nose and splashed on the walls of the plane.
“It was absolute horror, everyone was screaming,” Martin said.
Flight attendants performed CPR on the man for about half an hour, but were unable to save him. Missfelder said there was “absolute silence on board” when the captain announced the man’s death.
Then the flight returned to Thailand. According to the New York Post, flight data shows it left Bangkok at 11:50 p.m. on Thursday and landed back in Thailand at 8:28 a.m. on Friday.
A Lufthansa spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying the passenger died despite the crew and a doctor on board having administered “immediate and comprehensive first aid.”
“Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased passenger. “We also regret the inconvenience caused to the passengers on 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.