A passenger aboard a Russian S7 Airlines flight from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to Samara, Russia, died shortly after departure, despite heroic attempts to save his life by flight attendants and medical personnel who happened to be on the trip.
Although an official investigation by Russia’s Central Interregional Investigative Department for Transport is still underway, local Russian media reports that the guy died by suicide.
Alexander Dokshin, 48, a Russian businessman who operated a vehicle mechanic business and is survived by his wife and small daughter, has been identified as the passenger.
According to the state-run TASS news agency, an S7 Airlines representative acknowledged that a man died on one of the airline’s flights with “evidence of suicide.”
Dokshin went to the back of the plane’s restroom shortly after takeoff, but flight attendants were concerned for his safety because he had been there for so long.
The crew eventually gained access to the restroom and discovered Dokshin unconscious. Flight attendants began CPR, while passengers on the flight who were also medics rushed to Dokshin’s aid.
The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Cairo, where paramedics attempted but failed to resuscitate Dokshin.
“Three medical workers, including a resuscitator, were present on the flight, who carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation before the plane landed,” A spokesperson for S7 told TASS.
“At Cairo airport, the passenger was handed over to local doctors, but despite all the resuscitation, he died,” the statement continued.
Russian consular officials arrived at the airport, and Dokshin’s body was loaded into the cargo hold and flown back to Russia in consultation with local authorities and the airline.