Man whose smell caused a plane's emergency landing has died

Ksenia Novikova
Jul 02, 2018
10:32 A.M.
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On May 29, Andrey Suchilin, a Russian rock guitarist, caused a Transavia Airlines flight to make an emergency landing. This was due to a horrid body odor that other passengers complained about.


According to Newsweek, the musician died on June 25. It was discovered that he didn’t have body odor from lack of hygiene, but was suffering from a necrotic tissue disease.

Andrey Suchilin, 58, was removed from the Transavia Airlines flight from Spain to the Netherlands. The airplane had to make an unscheduled landing in Portugal after fellow passengers began to vomit and faint because of the smell coming from the musician.

It was found that Suchilin had tissue necrosis. This is when the body's cells destroy themselves using their own enzymes, usually following an infection


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. A day after being removed from the plane in Faro, Portugal, Suchilin took to his Facebook page to share about the incident while at the hospital.

‘The tragic and comic component of this whole situation is that I caught a disease, which (let’s not say how and why) makes a person quite stinky,’ he wrote. His condition deteriorated at the hospital and he fell into a coma.

His wife, Lidia Tikhonovich, kept his friends updated on his condition using a Facebook page now used to remember him. She shared the struggle he had with their insurance company Ingosstrakh during his illness.


It was also revealed that Suchilin had sought medical attention before leaving Spain. At the time, he was told that he only had an ‘ordinary beach infection.’

He was given antibiotics to treat it. At the hospital, the tissue necrosis spread to new areas such as his kidneys heart and lungs despite him having multiple surgeries to stop the infection.

He eventually died last Monday. Transavia Airlines issued a statement noting that the staff ‘sympathize with the family members and wish them a lot of strength in processing their loss.’


They assured fellow travelers and aircrew that ‘there has been no risk of infection.’ The airline acknowledged that the incident had been an unpleasant one for Suchilin and his family but also for other fellow passengers and the crew.

Suchilin was a respected professional guitarist. His band, C-Major (До Мажор), was a founding member of the Moscow Rock Laboratory, an institution that helped bring rock ’n’ roll to Russia in the 1980s.

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