On Sunday a 24 year old attacked another passenger, was restrained, got sick and then died on an Aer Lingus flight from Lisbon to Dublin. The flight diverted to Cork, Ireland.
At the time I wrote, “There’s little to go on besides speculation about what caused him to become agitated or to fall unconscious. Thoughts are with the family members he may have left behind.”
The most common reaction to the story was this was patient zero in the coming zombie apocalypse.
We now know a lot more about what happened on that flight.
A doctor and two nurses who happened to be on the flight performed CPR to no avail. A passenger on the flight describes,
The captain of the flight had asked if there were any medics on board.
“After that it got worse I would say, his seizure seemed to get worse. He was actually on the ground shaking violently,” Mr Leonard said.
“The noise he was making was like something I have never heard before.
“It’s not something you’d hear everyday. It was like deep anguish is the best way I could describe it, very, very troubled. Not screaming in a sense you know if you’d hurt yourself or something, just a very guttural, from deep within him.”
Apparently the had swallowed 80 pellets of cocaine with a street value over $60,000. A pellet ruptured and he ingested 0.8 grams.
Another woman on the flight was detained “after passengers reported seeing her with the man in the Lisbon airport.” Four pounds of white powder was found in her luggage. She insisted it was baking soda. It was.