Passenger dies as thunderstorm forces Lagos-bound Delta flight to Lome

Onwubuke Melvin
Onwubuke Melvin

There was pandemonium in the Delta Airline’s Atalanta to Lagos A330-200 aircraft with 215 customers onboard on Monday as a woman reportedly died midair.

Punch reports that she died due to a health emergency that occurred midair, approximately three hours before the flight’s scheduled arrival in Lagos.

It was stated that the pilots were forced to divert the plane to Lome, Togo because of heavy thunderstorms in the area.

It was reported that the flight had delays in Togo to refuel, before proceeding to Lagos.

The flight initially scheduled to arrive by 10 am on Monday, eventually arrived safely in Lagos, approximately eight and a half hours later.

Delta Air in a statement apologised to its customers for the inconvenience, adding that the airline regretted any difficulty caused to its customers’ travel arrangements during the flight.

The statement reads The statement read, “Delta flight 54 ATL-LOS has landed safely in LOS after an onboard customer medical situation and subsequent diversion to LFW due to weather. We sincerely apologise to our customers for the inconvenience and delay in their travel plans.”

Meanwhile, some passengers took to social media to narrate their ordeal.

@samson_Goddy posted a tweet on X stating that his flight was delayed and that two medical emergencies occurred, including the death of a woman in midair.

He wrote, “My Delta flight from Atlanta to Lagos was scheduled to land at 10 am, but arrived at 6 pm or later.

“So we had two health emergencies: a lady died on the flight midair, we ran out of fuel and were forced to do an emergency landing in another country, and we were grounded for 5+ hours.

Also, @BayoAdesosu stated that the airline should openly address the incident by releasing a statement and displaying its landing records.

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