• Wednesday, February 21, 2024
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Mid-flight tragedy: Passenger found dead on Jet2 flight to Manchester from Spain


A passenger has died on UK’s Jet2 flight after others noticed he had been in the bathroom for a long time.

The plane was on its way from Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, to Manchester on Tuesday when customers told the crew they were worried about a man who had not returned from the toilet.

Staff found the man dead and flight LS918 was diverted to Cork in Ireland.

A person on board the flight told The Mirror: “My husband reported someone had been in the plane’s toilet for a long time and he said that he thought he was dead. Tragically he was right.

“Toilets should be checked more regularly when an event like this happens. If they were, maybe the poor man could have been saved.

“I heard he travelled alone. Everyone on board was very upset by the tragic circumstances.”

Jet2 confirmed the death to The Standard.

A spokesperson said: “Flight LS918 from Tenerife to Manchester diverted to Cork Airport on Tuesday, January 2, due to a customer requiring medical attention.

“Regrettably, we can confirm that the customer sadly passed away, despite the best efforts of our highly-trained crew who intervened as soon as they became aware.

“This was an extremely difficult situation for our crew and we would like to thank them for their efforts. Our thoughts are with the customer’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”

The passenger who spoke to the media said they were supposed to land in Manchester at 8.30pm on Tuesday before the diversion.

The flight eventually arrived at 1.30am on Wednesday, after passengers waited for another plane before departing from Cork.