Johannesburg - Passengers and crew members on a flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg were left in shock after a fellow passenger assumed to be sleeping turned out to be dead.
The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon on a British Airways flight from Cape Town International Airport to OR Tambo International Airport.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale confirmed the incident to IOL and explained that her death was discovered when everyone was disembarking.
"Everybody assumed she was asleep, and when the flight stopped here (OR Tambo), everybody disembarked and they said 'mam' and mam was not waking up. They called the paramedics, paramedics [then] certified her dead.
"Now we've opened an inquest to find out how she died, what happened."