An unchecked-in passenger with Etihad Airways, Ademola Adekele, early Wednesday morning slumped and died at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
This is as power outage Wednesday evening temporarily crippled flight activities at the airport when “a certain airline arrived for disembarking of passengers.”
The deceased passenger was supposed to be checked-in on flight EY674 (AUH) with estimated time of departure at 09:55hrs.
It was gathered that the passenger who arrived the airport early in the morning, slumped and gasped for breath, while he was in a sitting position about 5:30a.m.
It was learnt that immediately he slumped, an unnamed Air Peace passenger tried vigorously to revive him by pumping his chest, “but was weak and did not respond to the first aid,” before the arrival of the Port Health officials at the airport.
A source close to the terminal told newsmen that it took about 30 minutes before officials of Port Health could arrive at the scene of the incident who immediately applied oxygen on him, but it was discovered that none of his vital signals were responding to treatment.
At about 07:55hrs, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) ambulance arrived at the scene to move the remains of the deceased to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for proper medical checks and examination, which also proved negative.
The passenger was with international passport number, A08086990, and was billed to check in at the D–Wing Departure hall of the airport.
Also, last Sunday, another passenger of African World Airlines (AWA) slumped at the same airport, but was later revived by the officials of Port Health service at the airport.
Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, confirmed the slumping of Adeleke but said that he was yet to be checked in as at the time of the incident.
Also, a power outage crippled activities at the Lagos airport Wednesday evening for almost an hour.
As at the time of filing in this report, the reason for the blackout could not be ascertained, but the issue of power outage at the airport had been a recalling decimal over the years.
Yakubu, who also confirmed the outage, however, said that power had been restored to the terminal.