Man dies on flight after reportedly ingesting 246 bags of cocaine

Saul Bowman
May 29, 2019

More than 200 packages of cocaine were found in the body of a Japanese man who died on a plane in Mexico, according to local officials.

The flight, bound for Japan's Narita International Airport, had to make an emergency landing in Mexico's Sonora state after he began to have seizures. His death has been ruled a drug overdose, with the official cause of death listed as swelling of the brain.

After his body was removed and worldwide protocols were carried out, the Aeromexico plane from Mexico City to Tokyo resumed its flight, carrying 198 other passengers. Paramedics then boarded the plane and declared the man dead.

Authorities identified the man only as Udo N.


The man's body was removed from the plane and the flight continued as scheduled to Japan.

In September 2016 a 48-year-old Australian man was caught with 1.1 kilograms (2.4 pounds) of cocaine in his stomach at Sydney Airport, Australia.

An autopsy was performed on the passenger following an emergency stop by the Aeromexico flight in Hermosillo.

Transporting narcotics inside human "mules" is a popular smuggling tactic with drug cartels.

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