Nearly 18 hours after he entered the bathroom of Cathay Pacific’s first class lounge at SFO late last October, academic Ming Kou Chan was found dead. According to an autopsy report, Chan died of heart failure caused by coronary atherosclerosis. Cathay has declined to offer comment on the incident.
An academic was found dead in the bathroom of the Cathay Pacific first class lounge at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) late last October, CBS affiliate KPIX 5 reports. According to an autopsy report, Ming Kou Chan, who held a Ph.D. in East Asian History from Stanford University and was a Hoover Institution Research Fellow, was found over 17 hours after he entered the facility on October 29th, 2018.
Chan’s last movements were captured on a security camera as he entered the lounge’s bathroom area that evening, where he was eventually found.
The autopsy report, as shared by the outlet, indicates that he suffered from heart failure as caused by coronary atherosclerosis. Cathay has offered no clarification as to why Chan lay undiscovered for almost 18 hours. Offering a statement to the outlet, the airline said, “Out of respect for the parties involved, we will not be commenting on the specifics of the incident.”
Authorities at SFO have further clarified that this lounge area is the responsibility of the airline and not the airport.
Malcolm Yeung, of the airport’s commission, further explained, adding, “From the airport’s perspective–we typically to leave it up to the airlines to manage the situation whenever the passengers don’t actually board the flight.”
(Source: Stanford biography)
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