A Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Algeria after a man was found dead in the aircraft lavatory, having committed suicide.
Turkish Airlines Flight Diverts To Algeria After Onboard Suicide
The incident occurred on July 25, 2023 onboard a Boeing 737-MAX 8 (tail number TC-LCJ) traveling from Istanbul (IST) to Marrakech (RAK) as TK619.
Shortly after takeoff, a man locked himself in a lavatory. He remained for several minutes before flight attendants began knocking on the door. After receiving no response, flight attendants entered the lavatory and found the passenger had taken his own life. While it is not clear how the act was committed, it was clear that this was self-inflicted.
Flight attendants found a physician onboard, who attempted to administer first aid, but it was too late: the man was dead.
As a result, the aircraft diverted to Houari Boumediene International Airport in Algiers, Algeria. There, Algerian authorities took custody of the body and after completing the necessary formalities, the flight continued to Marrakech.
I’ve dealt with suicide this year in a very personal way and every time I hear stories about suicide, I am saddened. We really have no idea what this passenger was going through that prompted him to take his life in an aircraft lavatory, but we can mourn the loss and also use this tragedy as a reminder to check in on those loved ones around us who may be vulnerable.
For my US readers, keep in mind the suicide prevention hotline is 988 (+1-800-SUICIDE outside the USA). This number can be texted as well.
A Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Algeria after a man took his own life in the aircraft lavatory. Although flight attendants and a doctor onboard tried to revive him, it was too late. The flight ultimately arrived in Marrakech a few hours late.