A source close to the airline who craved anonymity told Thisday that the deceased had a terminal disease and wanted to come back to Nigeria, his country to spend the rest of his life, but could not make it as he died about eight hours into the flight.
The informed source said, “The deceased had a certificate from a hospital in the United States of a serious terminal disease, indicating that he may soon pass on. So, the deceased decided to come back to his homeland to spend the rest of his life, knowing the complexities and costs it will take bringing back his corpse, in case he doesn’t survive the illness.”
The source further explained that the airline did the man a favour by bringing him back, adding that it was just to help him.
Thisday learnt that when the flight arrived there was undue delay that lasted for over two hours as effort was being made to evacuate the body before other passengers would disembark.