A fully vaccinated passenger infected with coronavirus was found dead in his seat inside a flight.
The Pegasus Airlines crew found the 51-year-old man lifeless in his seat after Flight 1043 from Istanbul, Turkey, to Hamburg, Germany, last week.
The man, who was born in Russia and lived in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, was reportedly travelling on an Airbus 320 when he passed away during the flight.
While an official cause of the man’s death is not confirmed yet, local reports have suggested he had suffered from a number of serious prior illnesses, which were not specified.
The Airbus A320 operated by Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus Airlines had taken off from Istanbul and landed at its destination at around 1 pm on Monday, October 25.
Forensic pathologists performed a postmortem on the body and concluded that the man had probably died mid-flight. They also noted that he tested positive for Covid.
According to Mail Online, he was allowed to take the flight because he had proved he was fully vaccinated against coronavirus. German Covid-19 rules require passengers to reveal their Covid status before they fly.
Potential air passengers need to be vaccinated, recovered or tested.
The airline said: ‘We extend our condolences to the family and neighbours of the passenger.’