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'Number of packages' found in post-mortem on man who died on flight

The packages have been sent for forensic analysis, gardaí confirmed.

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A NUMBER OF packages have been found during a post-mortem on the body of the man who died on an Aer Lingus flight on Sunday night.

The post-mortem examination on the body of the Brazilian national was completed last evening.

Gardaí confirmed that a number of packages were recovered.

They have been sent for forensic analysis, and the investigation is continuing.

A woman who was on the same flight as the man who died was arrested in Cork Airport at 11pm on Sunday, and remains in garda custody.

What happened? 

According to gardaí investigating the incident, the man became “agitated” while the flight from Lisbon to Dublin was in the air.

The pilot declared a medical emergency and diverted the plane to Cork.

“He was attended to by a doctor and nurse who were on the flight but was pronounced dead at the airport at 6.40pm,” a Garda spokesperson said.

His body was later taken to Cork University Hospital, where the post-mortem took place.

“A passenger on the plane received a hand injury during the incident and was treated at CUH,” gardaí said.

It’s reported the man who died bit another passenger in the course of the incident.

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Passengers and crew were interviewed by gardaí after the plane landed, and the woman in her 40s was later arrested.

She was arrested for drug trafficking offences after 1.8kg of amphetamine was found in her luggage.

The woman, who had been travelling on an Angolan passport, is being detained at Togher Garda Station in Cork and can be held for up to seven days.

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