Crew members on Pegasus Airlines’ Flight 1043 discovered the 51-year-old traveller, when they arrived in Hamburg last week, reported German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt.
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Germany’s COVID-19 rules require passengers to reveal their COVID status before flying by providing a negative test result or proof of immunity.
The man was allowed to board the 3 1/2-hour flight from Istanbul because he proved he was fully vaccinated, according to the paper.
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Forensics determined the man tested positive for COVID, but it is unknown if he showed any symptoms in the days leading up to the flight.
The official cause of the man’s death is unclear, but local reports suggest he had a previous serious illness, which has not been identified.
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Cabin crew and passengers seated near him were ordered to report to the local health department.
“We extend our condolences to the family and neighbours of the passenger,” the airline said in a statement.
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