An unidentified middle-aged female passenger was on Wednesday February 17, found dead inside one of the bathrooms at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.
It was gathered that the woman was scheduled to travel to Abu Dhabi, United Arabs Emirates, on Etihad Airways.for medical attention before the unfortunate incident happened.
A source said the passenger, who had been feeling unwell earlier in the day, had suffered a bout of pain which made her rush to the toilet, where her corpse was later discovered.
The general manager, corporate affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati, confirmed the incident saying the corpse was discovered at about 6.30am and had been taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, for autopsy.
A middle-aged woman was discovered dead in the bathroom of the international airport this morning around 6:30am, so, we called the relevant people and the corpse has been taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital for autopsy.
Dati said the identity of the passenger would not be released until her family was duly informed of her demise.
We will not reveal the identity of the deceased for now. Presently, we are working to inform the relatives of the passenger. We will still obtain the autopsy report and observe certain procedure. It is when we have done all these that the identity of the dead passenger will be made public.
Our procedure is that the family needs to know first. It is not proper for the family to find out on the pages of the newspaper.
This is not the first time deaths of sick passengers travelling abroad for treatment passed on before boarding the aircraft have been recorded at the airport.
In September 2014, the British deputy high commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Peter Carter Leslie, collapsed and died just after he had arrived at Lagos International Airport from Houston, Texas. He was believed to have suffered a heart attack while disembarking from his flight.