Woman’s body left on business class seat for 10 hours after she died on flight

The body was kept on board so police and coroners could carry out tests.

Woman’s body left on business class seat for 10 hours after she died on flight
An Azul SA jet prepares to take off at the Santos Dumont Airport (VCP) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Brazil's airlines resemble U.S. carriers a decade ago, before a recession and high fuel prices forced consolidation and cost cuts, said Rob Pickels, an analyst and portfolio manager at Manning & Napier. The Brazilian industry will go through a similar process that will leave it more financially sound, he said. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The woman’s body was kept on board so police and coroners could carry out tests (Picture: Getty Images)

A woman’s dead body was left for 10 hours in a business class seat on a flight from the US to Brazil.

The passenger was flying on an Azul Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 7.

The body was kept on board following the eight-hour flight so that police and coroners could carry out tests.

Passengers were allowed off the flight 40 minutes after it had landed.

Federal police confirmed via doctors at the airport that the woman died of natural causes.

The age and nationality of the passenger has not yet been released.

Azul Airlines said the woman had been taken ill suddenly on the flight.

The airline said in a statement: ‘Unfortunately, she did not survive and died during the flight, as confirmed by a doctor on board.’

The airline said it is assisting the woman’s family members.

Minas Gerais Civil Police said in a statement: ‘As soon as we became aware of the facts, we requested the presence of a hearse at Confins airport to take the body to the Medical-Legal Institute.’

A post-mortem is being carried out to determine the cause of the woman’s death.

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