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Friday 2 December 2016

'Packages' found in body from plane death

Published 20/10/2015 | 02:30

Garda technical team pictured during the examination of an Aer Lingus at Cork Airport on which the 24-year old man died.
Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
Garda technical team pictured during the examination of an Aer Lingus at Cork Airport on which the 24-year old man died. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

A number of "packages" were recovered from the body of the young man who died on board an Aer Lingus flight.

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The man, understood to be John Santos Gurgao, a Brazilian national, died on board an Aer Lingus flight from Lisbon which was bound for Dublin yesterday evening.

The plane was diverted to Cork airport shortly before 5.40pm and the 25-year-old man was declared dead, despite attempts to resuscitate him.

A Garda spokesman last night confirmed that a number of packages had been recovered from the body of the deceased during the course of a post- mortem examination.

"The post-mortem has taken place. A number of packages have been recovered and have been forwarded for forensic examination," the spokesman said. "The toxicology results are awaited."

One female passenger, who was arrested for further questioning, last night remained in Garda custody.

It's not clear if she was travelling with the deceased on board flight EI 485, which had 168 passengers and six crew members on board.

One Cork man described the "great distress" that he witnessed on board.

"The guy actually had to be restrained," John Leonard told Cork's 96fm.

"He was actually on the ground shaking violently. The noise he was making was like something I never have heard before and I wouldn't like to hear again. It was like deep anguish is the best way I could describe it. Very, very troubled."

Irish Independent

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