John Kennedy dos Santos Gurjao sank his teeth into a passenger who tried to restrain him, then lay screaming and shaking before being pronounced dead at Cork airport, where the Aer Lingus flight diverted.
The Aer Lingus A320 plane departed the Portuguese capital of Lisbon to Dublin on Sunday evening when the incident unfolded just after 5pm. Packages were reportedly recovered from the body and sent for analysis after the postmortem.
A Portuguese woman in her 40s, was also arrested after 4lbs of white powder believed to be amphetamine was allegedly found in her luggage. She had been sitting in the next seat.
The pilot radioed ground control of a passenger “running amok”, adding: “He’s extremely violent.”
Police interviewed passengers before they were transferred to Dublin. Aer Lingus described the incident as a “medical emergency”.
He was restrained by crew after becoming "extremely violent" but then reported to not have a pulse, with a postmortem confirming John had ingested 0.8kg of suspected cocaine.
All 168 passengers and six crew members were moved off the plane and into the airport after it landed. Airport paramedics and an ambulance responded to the scene after the captain declared the incident a medical emergency mid-flight.
Source Daily Mirror, PA, CNS,
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