Ryanair passengers left 'confused and upset' after man dies on flight from Malaga to Manchester

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A Ryanair passenger died on the flight from Malaga to Manchester

Dan Falvey

By Dan Falvey

Published: 14/01/2024

- 11:36

Updated: 14/01/2024

- 11:45

The pilot diverted the plane to Bordeaux in France to deal with the medical emergency

Ryanair has confirmed one of its passengers died during a flight from Malaga in Spain to Manchester.

The airline was forced to divert the flight and make a land in Bordeaux, France after one person on board "became ill".

Emergency services met the plane upon landing and did what it could to try and save the man but without success.

The medical emergency left other passengers on board distressed, with one person saying that it left children on the flight "confused and upset".

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Ryanair was forced to divert the flight with passengers staying in a hotel overnight


Another passenger is said to have fainted after being overwhelmed by the stress of the situation.

"They asked if anyone was medically trained on board," and eyewitness told the Manchester Evening News.

"We had to do an emergency landing in Bordeaux and a passenger next to us performed CPR the whole time that we were landing."

They added: "People became stressed and needed water and air but there was not enough water for everyone.

"A woman then fainted due to the stress of the situation."

The flight was delayed overnight with passengers required to stay in a hotel.
The plane took off again the following morning to complete the rest of the journey.

A Ryanair spokesman said: "This flight from Malaga to Manchester (January 7) diverted to Bordeaux when a passenger became ill on board."

They added: "Cabin crew called ahead for medical assistance and the aircraft was met by paramedics upon arrival.

"As a result, this flight was delayed overnight and passengers were notified by email/SMS and airport staff.

"Passengers were offered overnight accommodation, and despite Ryanair’s efforts to arrange transport to the hotel, availability of transport was limited, and passengers were advised that they could also arrange individual transport to the hotel and that they could claim back expenses on Ryanair.com.

"The following morning, airport staff were present to check-in all passengers free of charge and issue boarding passes before this flight departed for Manchester at 10.02am local time."

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said: "We are providing consular support to the family of the British national that died on a flight diverted to Bordeaux."

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