Authorities as well as passengers present at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, were left in shock after a passenger with Etihad Airways, identified as Mr. Ademola Adekele, slumped and died on the spot in the early hours of yesterday
Eye witnesses at the airport reveal that the deceased passenger was supposed to be checked-in on flight EY674 (AUH) which was to depart at 09:55hrs when he slumped.
The unfortunate incident occurred just as power outage temporarily crippled operations at the airport. The power glitch which lasted for almost 30 minutes happened when an aircraft arrived for disembarking of passengers.
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 at about 5:30am.
Immediately he slumped, an unnamed passenger tried vigorously to revive him by pumping his chest, sadly, he was too weak and could not respond to the first aid administered on him before the arrival of the Port Health officials at the airport.
Though it took about 30 minutes before the officials of Port Health could arrive at the scene of the incident, the Port Health officials reportedly applied oxygen on him in a bid to revive him but he was said to have passed away.
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) ambulance arrived at the scene to move the remains of the diseased to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for proper medical checks where he was also confirmed dead.
It will be recalled that 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.
Spokesperson of FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu and spokesman of Lagos Airport Police command, Joseph Alabi confirmed the incident.
Also, the FAAN spokesperson confirmed the power outage which she said was immediately restored though the cause of the outage could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.
The issue of power outage has become a recurring issue at the airport.