Drug-sick German prompts emergency plane landing

17th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The plane landed in the Dominican Republic when the German passenger suffered severe abdominal pain and fainted during the Iberia airlines flight from Costa Rica to Spain.

Santo Domingo -- A Spanish airliner was forced to make an emergency landing in the Dominican Republic when a German passenger smuggling illegal drugs in his stomach took ill, officials said Tuesday.

The passenger, identified as Maurer David Charles, 33, suffered severe abdominal pain and fainted during the Iberia airlines flight from Costa Rica to Spain, forcing the plane to land so he could receive emergency medical treatment, the Dominican anti-drug agency said in a report.

The man was transported to a military hospital, where he ejected several capsules, while an X-ray showed "foreign substances in the intestines," according to the report.

In January 2005, an Italian woman trying to smuggle cocaine into Europe from Santo Domingo died in flight when one of 77 latex bags filled with the drug she had swallowed burst in her stomach.

AFP / Expatica

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