A man whose ‘unbearable’ odour caused a plane to make an emergency landing has died from tissue necrosis.
Russian musician Andrew Suchilin caused passengers on the Transavia flight to faint and vomit due to the ‘unwashed’ smell emanating from him.
The Boeing 737 was forced to make an emergency landing in Portugal so that Mr Suchilin could be removed and given medical attention.
Belgian passenger Piet van Haut told the Express: ’It was like he hadn’t washed himself for several weeks. Several passengers got sick and had to puke.’
The 58-year-old apparently contracted an infection while on holiday in the Canary Islands and was prescribed antibiotics for what he was told was an ‘ordinary beach infection’.
However, the infection caused his body tissue to die and worsened on the flight – causing the odour.
He was contained in the plane’s bathroom while the flight was diverted but his wife Lidia has now confirmed that her husband has died.
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A Transavia spokesperson said: ‘The aeroplane diverted because of medical reasons, but it is indeed right that he smelled quite a bit.’
The company added in a statement: ‘We can confirm that on May 29th a stopover of flight HV5666 (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Amsterdam) has taken place on Faro (Portugal). This was a precautionary measure in relation to a passenger for medical reasons.
‘Due to privacy legislation, however, we cannot not disclose details about individual cases. What we can say is that our crew has acted correctly and carefully in accordance with the applicable procedures.’