A man that caused a Transavia flight from the Spanish island of Gran Canaria to make an emergency landing in Portugal has died from tissue necrosis, Netherlands’ De Telegraaf reported.
The male passenger, now identified as Russian rock musician Andrey Suchilin, allegedly smelled so strongly that others on the flight began fainting and vomiting once the plane took off from Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. Several passengers said the smell was “unbearable” and the man was “unwashed.”
The 58-year-old reportedly had contracted an infection while on vacation in the Canary Islands that caused his body tissue to die, resulting in the odor.
As Daily Mail reported, Suchilin caught the infection in Gran Canaria. Suchilin’s wife, Lidia, wrote on Facebook, Newsweek reported, that her husband had sought medical attention before leaving Spain, but was told it was just an “ordinary beach infection” and given antibiotics.
His condition worsened on the flight to Amsterdam.
Last month, on the flight, Belgian passenger, Piet van Haut, told Express the man smelled like he had not bathed in “several weeks.”
"It was like he hadn’t washed himself for several weeks. Several passengers got sick and had to puke,” van Haut said.
According to the publication, airline crew members tried to keep the man contained in the airplane bathroom while the pilot diverted the flight.
The plane landed in Faro in Portugal where the man was removed from the Boeing 737 and placed on a bus by medical personnel.
In a statement to Express from Transavia, the airliner confirmed the emergency landing was due to “medical reasons.”
"The aeroplane diverted because of medical reasons, but it is indeed right that he smelled quite a bit," a Transavia spokesperson told the news site.
Transavia later returned Fox News’ request for comment with the following statement:
“We can confirm that on May 29th a stopover of flight HV5666 (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Amsterdam) has taken place on Faro (Portugal). This was a precautionary measure in relation to a passenger for medical reasons,” a company spokesperson said via email.
“Due to privacy legislation, however, we cannot not disclose details about individual cases. What we can say is that our crew has acted correctly and carefully in accordance with the applicable procedures.”