'Number of Packages' found inside man who died on Aer Lingus plane to Dublin

'Number of Packages' found inside man who died on Aer Lingus plane to Dublin

A GARDA investigation is underway into the death of a 25-year-old Brazilian man who died on board an Aer Lingus flight to Dublin after a number of packages were found inside his body.

The man had to be restrained by members of the crew on flight EI 485 from Lisbon on Sunday afternoon after he reportedly became agitated and bit another passenger.

As the incident took place mid-flight, the captain declared a medical emergency and diverted the plane to Co. Cork at 6pm.

A doctor and a nurse treated the man after he became unwell, collapsed and lost consciousness, and he was pronounced dead at Cork Airport at 6.40pm.

A Garda spokesman confirmed that preliminary results from the post-mortem had been provided to the investigating Gardaí.

"A number of packages had been recovered from the body of the deceased during the course of a post-mortem examination," he said.

Gardaí are awaiting the results of the toxicology report.

When contacted by The Irish Post, the State Pathologist's Office could not provide further details of the post-mortem.

A woman, believed to be Portuguese and in her 40s, on the same flight was also arrested under the Drug Trafficking Act.

She was detained at Cork Airport at 11pm on Sunday, after Gardaí discovered a 1.8kg substance believed to be amphetamine in the woman's bags.

The substance was sent to the State laboratory for forensic analysis, where it was reportedly found not to be drugs.

She remains in custody at Togher Garda station.

The 168 passengers and six crew members on board the flight were questioned by Gardaí in Cork when the plane landed.

The man who was bitten during the flight was taken to Cork University Hospital, where he was treated for his injury.

On Monday night, gardaí released the Aer Lingus plane, which had been declared a crime scene and had been held for a forensic examination by Garda technical experts.