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27/09/2021

Woman arrested after man (24) dies on Aer Lingus flight to Dublin after violent seizure

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Gardaí investigating the sudden death of a young Brazilian man on board an Aer Lingus flight have arrested a woman. The 24-year-old suffered a violent seizure during the flight, which had left Lisbon bound for Dublin. A woman who was also travelling on the plane has been arrested.
She is believed to be Portuguese but it is not yet clear what her links are to the deceased man.
There are indications that the woman may have been accompanying the man but these reports have yet to be confirmed.
The aircraft was diverted to Cork Airport yesterday where it landed at around 5.40pm and was met by airport paramedics and a HSE ambulance.
Despite efforts by paramedics to revive the man, he was declared dead at the airport.
A second man who was bitten while trying to help the ill man was also treated.
The 168 passengers and six crew members on board flight EI485 were last night being interviewed by gardaí at the airport.
One passenger said: "The captain asked if there was any medical professionals on board and two nurses and a doctor went down to them."
The passenger praised the actions of the staff, saying they were "outstanding, they made sure everyone stayed calm".
Authorities have spoken to all passengers on board in relation to the incident.
A post mortem is due to be carried out today at Cork University Hospital.

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