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Dead man on Asiana plane left no suicide note

A Samsung employee found dead in the lavatory of an airplane heading from China to Incheon International Airport on Monday night is believed to have taken his own life, but the motive remains a mystery, police said yesterday.

The 43-year-old Korean was discovered by an Asiana Airlines crew member on the flight from Guangzhou prior to landing at Incheon.

The man, who worked for Samsung Mobile Display, was found hanging from a belt in one of the toilet stalls. He had been working in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where he lived with his family.

Foul play has not been ruled out despite the lack of circumstantial evidence, airport police said yesterday. The case is still under investigation.

However, police said they assume the man took his own life because the door was locked when the victim, who left no suicide note, was found.

A crew member with the surname Park discovered the victim by breaking open the door after he conducted a routine passenger check 15 minutes before landing.

He administered CPR until an ambulance arrived to take the man, described as a promising managerial-level employee, to a nearby hospital.

“The crew and rescuers tried to save him by conducting CPR for 20 to 30 minutes, but it was too late,” the police said.

The victim’s wife returned to Korea early Tuesday morning and asked authorities to hand over her husband’s body. “She seemed like she was in a state of shock and told us that she just wanted to see her husband,” police said. She refused to consent to a post-mortem, they added.



By Kwon Sang-soo [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]

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