Nigerian Consul General to China, Ambassador Wale Oloko says one Mr. Sylvanus Amachukwu Godwin, a Nigerian national with Passport Number A06011089 aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Flight 606 en-route Addis Ababa to Guangzhou, China allegedly slumped and died before the flight landed at the Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China. Chinese authorities suspect that the late Godwin may have died of some drug in his body system but the airline authorities are yet to conclude investigations as to the proper cause of his death.
Ambassador Wale Oloko, said the consulate was informed that the Nigerian collapsed while in the flight and though first-aid measures were administered on him, he unfortunately died before the aircraft could reach China.
It was also learnt that the corpse has been taken to the Aviation Hospital’s mortuary within the Baiyun International Airport complex for expected post mortem to determine the cause of the sudden death.
Ambassador Oloko noted that the Mission is not restricting investigations on its part and has gone ahead to advise the management of Ethiopian airlines to use the information on the reservation system to reach the family of the deceased in Nigeria, with a view to arranging the repatriation of the body in line with the international aviation regulations, on the fact that the incident took place inside the aircraft.
Moreover, the Consul General also said that the airport and Ethiopian Airlines authorities are insisting on a comprehensive post mortem examination and the Mission believes they are doing so in order to avoid and or exonerate the management from potential liability.