A 73-year-old man who was on an Air Peace flight P47182 en route to Abuja from Calabar, died on board the aircraft.

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It was learnt that the deceased had a history of paraplegia due to a spinal injury in 2019, he had been on medication and was travelling to Abuja for a medical examination.

Paraplegia is the result of spinal cord damage that paralyses the lower limbs.

His death was confirmed by a Port Health Services official, who noted that the passenger had no pulse upon the plane’s arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The deceased was reportedly accompanied to the airport by his daughter and cleared by PHS at the Calabar airport to fly.

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A top official at the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria confirmed the incident but declined to provide additional information, saying, “You have to get the details from the aircraft (airline). He did not die in the terminal; he died on the aircraft.”

Calls and text messages to the Air Peace spokesman, Stanley Olisa, were unanswered as of press time.