Last updated: 02:00 PM ET, Thu October 13 2016

Female Passenger Dies on Flight to Russia, Body Placed in Airplane Aisle

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | October 13, 2016

Female Passenger Dies on Flight to Russia, Body Placed in Airplane Aisle

Photo: An Azur Air airplane. (Photo via @AzurAir)

A female passenger with diabetes died on a recent Azur Air flight after she left her medication in her checked bag.

According to the Scottish Sun, the 50-year-old unnamed woman was on an Azur Air flight from Antalya, Turkey, to Moscow, Russia, when she reportedly began to suffer acute heart failure 45 minutes into the 3.5-hour journey.

The woman’s husband told media outlets in Russia that his wife had taken her insulin shot one hour prior to the flight and did not believe she would need it again during the trip. As she began to fall ill, attendants onboard attempted to resuscitate her, but were unable to do so.

After the woman died, crew members were forced to lay her body in the aisle covered in a blanket until the plane could make a successful landing. The captain of the flight decided against an emergency landing and continued to Russia without interruption, according to the Daily Mail.

The woman’s body was placed in the aisle due to the lack of space. While most larger planes are typically equipped with an area specifically designed to store the bodies of passengers who die suddenly—known as a corpse cupboard—that wasn’t the case for the Azur Air flight.

Even airlines with smaller planes have a protocol in place that calls for attendants to put the body on an empty row of seats, but the flight to Moscow was fully booked and the woman’s body was placed in the aisle until the plane could make a safe landing and she could be removed.


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