Sunday 25 September 2016

Tragedy as man dies on Aer Lingus return flight from visit to daughter

Published 13/07/2016 | 06:36

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Tributes have been paid to a Roscommon man who died suddenly on an Aer Lingus flight over the weekend.

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PJ Coleman from Loughlynn near Castlerea Co Roscommon died on the flight from Boston on Sunday.

The 69-year-old had been travelling home from America with his wife Sile after the couple had enjoyed a visit with their daughter.

As the family make preparations to bring Mr Coleman’s remains home, locals in Loughlynn paid tribute to the hard working father-of-two, who had worked his entire life in the construction industry

“PJ was a hard working family man. He was a very well respected person locally. He worked hard all his life and travelled all over Ireland working in the construction industry.

“It was a shock to get the news,” said one local.

Mr Coleman and his wife had enjoyed a holiday in Boston with their daughter and were returning back home when the tragedy occurred.

Mr Coleman took ill about one hour into the flight. It is believed he suffered a suspected heart attack.

Medics tried to resuscitate the Roscommon man using a defibrillator, however, sadly they were unable to save him and he died.

The plane returned to Boston and Mr Coleman’s remains were removed from the plane.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to his family.

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