The passengers leaving the LIR airport on flight 251 heading towards San Jose were unaware that they were about to endure a horrific ordeal. Upon boarding their flight, the other passengers noticed a woman who appeared to be very ill. Despite the fact that she was unsteady on her feet and sweating profusely with bloodshot eyes, she insisted she was fine and was admitted onto the plane after refusing to stay behind for medical treatment.
Little did the other passengers know, the woman, now known as Janjay Wonlay, was a Liberian national suffering from the end-stages of the Ebola virus. Her organs were close to shutting down and her body was literally liquefying from the inside out. It wasn’t long before the other passengers began noticing something was horribly wrong with the woman.
About an hour into the flight the woman began moaning in anguish. One passenger, Tony Richardson, describes what happened next. “She became restless and requested an emesis bag from the flight attendant. We could hear her retching loudly into the bag. This is a bit graphic, but it sounded like a lot of liquid for just your average case of air sickness. Like someone dumped a 5 gallon bucket of water onto the floor.” The attendants began swarming around the woman who was now in shock, handing her towels to soak up the enormous amount sick that couldn’t be contained by the standard air-sickness bags.
“The pilot informed us that we were to prepare for an emergency landing at the next available airport. The woman began moaning loudly and convulsing. A putrid odor permeated the entire cabin. The other passengers were having a tough time not getting sick themselves from the smell. It was the most awful stench you could imagine. Like death.”
Before long the plane began to descend towards the next available airport. “The woman looked as if she was on the verge of losing consciousness. Her entire body was bloated, as though it had been submerged in water for a long time. Her eyes were swollen shut and there was blood streaming from her eyes, ears and the corners of her mouth. We were all horrified.”
Tony said what happened next was straight out of a horror film. “As the plane began to descend and the pressure dropped in the plane… We heard an awful noise. The entire contents of someones body just splashing out. People nearest to the woman began to scream so we knew it was bad. The floor… There was blood, and body fluid just rolling across the floor. We all picked up our feet and tried to hug our knees so we would not get any on ourselves. I guess the woman’s body was so weakened by the virus that she just burst. Her weakened body could not withstand the pressure fluctuation when the plane began to go down… Her organs turned to mush and came out of her.”
To make matters worst, people were not immediately allowed to get off the plane when it finally did land. Multiple bio hazard decontamination units were dispatched to process those who had been exposed and deal with the frightful condition of the contaminated plane. All of the occupants were transported to an emergency quarantine facility where they are to remain for several weeks under observation.
Jane M. Agni (2014, November 2)
Originally Published On National Report