- A Nigerian passenger aboard Delta Air Lines Flight DL54 was found dead before the plane landed
- The airline took off from United States and was going to Lagos
- The passenger was sick before boarding and died three minutes before touchdown
A Nigerian passenger on Delta Air Lines Flight DL54 travelling from Atlanta, United States to Lagos was on Monday afternoon, March 11, found unresponsive before landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos state.
The 54-year-old passenger (name withheld), who was ill before boarding the flight, died three minutes before the aircraft touched down at the airport.
The spokesperson for the MMIA Police Command in Lagos, Deputy Superintendent of Police Joseph Alabi confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Alabi said the command was notified of the development after the aircraft landed at the airport by the airline officials.
Also, Delta Air Lines in a statement issued by its media consultant, Mohammed Abdullahi, confirmed the development.
”A passenger on Delta Flight DL54 travelling from Atlanta to Lagos today (March 11), was found unresponsive before landing.
”Local medical professionals met the plane upon arrival and confirmed the passenger had sadly passed away.
”Delta extends its deepest condolences to the family at this sad time. As a matter of passenger privacy, Delta will not release additional information,” the airline said.
Recall that YEN.com.gh earlier reported that one Nigerian and at least 32 Kenyans were among the victims of the ill-fated Sunday, March 10, Boeing 737-800 MAX plane crash belonging to Ethiopian Airline.
A spokesperson of the airline, Asrat Begashaw, said the gory accident killed one Nigerian 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, six Egyptians, nine Ethiopians, seven French, eight Americans and seven Britons among other nationalities.
YEN.com.gh also reported that the community of Nigerian writers, scholars and journalists announced with great shock and sadness the sudden and painful passing of Professor Pius Adesanmi, who was aboard the crashed airline.
A release signed on behalf of Nigerian writers by Lola Shoneyin expressed deep sadness on the death of the Nigerian scholar.
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