Man dies on board flight from Lisbon to Dublin

Plane diverted to Cork Airport after 24-year-old falls unconscious during journey

It is not clear when the man died but he was pronounced dead on board the Aer Lingus plane. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It is not clear when the man died but he was pronounced dead on board the Aer Lingus plane. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

 

A man in his 20s died on board an Aer Lingus flight from Lisbon to Dublin on Sunday evening.

The Dublin-bound flight was diverted to Cork Airport after the 24-year-old became agitated about an hour into the two-hour journey.

He subsequently became unwell and then fell unconscious. The captain of the flight EI485 declared a medical emergency and diverted the plane to Cork, where it landed shortly after 5.30pm .

It is not clear when the man died but he was pronounced dead on board the airplane.

Some 170 passengers and crew members were taken from the plane and interviewed by gardaí about the incident.

Gardaí in Togher, Co Cork are investigating the incident.