Passengers forced to sit next to dead body for flight
Horrified plane Azur Air passengers were forced to sit alongside a dead body in the aisle for three hours after a woman died in mid-air on a flight home from a holiday in Turkey.
The 50-year-old victim was diabetic and is believed to have left her medication in her hold luggage.
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The woman, who has not been named, reportedly died 45 minutes into the Azur Air flight from Antalya, in Southern Turkey, to the Russian capital Moscow.
Cabin crew on board the Boeing 757 could do little to help the victim, who did not have her insulin with her.
According to the woman's husband, who was also unnamed, she chose to keep the medication in her checked-in luggage because she had had an insulin shot just one hour before the flight.
Neither of them anticipated that her condition would suddenly worsen, he said.
Flight attendants then made the decision to lie the victim down on the corridor and covered her with a blanket.
The captain of the flight also decided to fly directly to Moscow instead of making an emergency landing.
The woman is believed to have suffered acute heart failure.
The event of a mid-flight death is one of small probability when taking into account the vast number of daily passengers, but major airlines usually have plans in place to deal with such unexpected tragedies.
Some cabin crew are ordered, for example, to move the deceased to empty rows in first or business class sections of the plane, while larger planes are even equipped with a "corpse cupboard" so flight attendants can keep the body out of sight.