British husband collapses and dies after getting off BA flight to South Africa with his wife
British husband collapses and dies after getting off British Airways flight to South Africa with his wife
- Michael Morris landed in Johannesburg on Wednesday, and went to a washroom
- There, he suddenly collapsed. He was given medical aid, but was declared dead
A British husband has collapsed and died after getting off a British Airways flight to South Africa with his wife having taken off from Heathrow just 11 hours earlier.
Michael Morris was on flight BA057 and landed at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Wednesday, and went to the washroom while awaiting luggage.
Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) CEO Mpumi Mpofu revealed that he suddenly collapsed in the international arrivals toilet and received medical aid.
Despite the immediate response from paramedics, the man was declared dead at the scene, Ms Mpofu said, leaving his wife ‘distraught’.
A British Embassy official was on the same flight and took control of the situation, offering consular support to Mr Morris’s wife who is thought to have been with other family members at the time of her husband’s death.
Michael Joseph Morris was on flight BA057 and landed at OR Tambo International Airport (pictured, file photo) in Johannesburg on Wednesday, and went to the washroom while awaiting luggage. It was there that he collapsed and was pronounced dead, officials said
They are all due to fly back to London Heathrow airport today (Friday). The cause of his death is under investigation but is not said to be suspicious, Acsa said.
‘We have been informed that Mr Morris’ family is scheduled to travel back to the UK on Friday,’ the company said.
Ms Mpofu said of the incident: ‘Acsa paramedics responded immediately and attended to Mr Morris but he was declared dead at the scene and we provided assistance to his distraught wife’.
A British Airways source said: ‘The poor man was on the BA057 which had just landed to go on holiday with his family when he collapsed in the gentleman’s lavatory on arrival.
‘Everything possible was done to save him but he died. The family have abandoned their holiday while the British Embassy helps organise the repatriation of the body’.