Photos have emerged that show a dead woman lying in the aisle of a Azur Air flight from Turkey to Russia. Reports indicate that the woman died 45 minutes into the three-and-a-half-hour flight, after which she was left in the aisle.
According to the Metro, the 50-year-old woman was diabetic and left her insulin in her checked-in luggage, which meant that cabin crew were unable to help her when her health began to quickly deteriorate. Her husband said that she had taken a shot of insulin just one hour before the flight and, therefore, thought she wouldn't need it on board.
The woman was travelling from the tourist city of Antalya to her home in Moscow when the incident happened. The budget airline was forced to lay down the woman in the isle and cover her with a blanket for the remainder of the flight.
When a person dies on a flight, cabin crew will usually find an empty row of seats to place them on for the rest of the journey. However, it is believed that the Azuz Air flight was completely booked – leaving them no choice but to place the woman on the ground.
A trainer for British Airways flight attendants told the Telegraph that dealing with dead bodies on flights is a "grey area". However, she did emphasise that dead bodies should never be put in the toilets of flights and that if the dead body has been placed in an empty seat, a blanket must be tucked around them up until their neck.
"In a nice easy world – where someone dying on an aircraft isn't – you put them back on seats," she said. "I know a crew member who had to sit next to someone who passed away for the rest of the flight. All of this is such a horrible topic."