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Swede nets refund after flying with dead man

A Swedish woman has received compensation from Kenya Airways after having to fly from Europe to Tanzania sitting next to a man who had died shortly after take off, according to a report in the Expressen daily.

“Of course it was unpleasant, but I am not a person who makes a fuss,” Lena Pettersson told the newspaper.

Pettersson works as a reporter for Sveriges Radio (SR), the state broadcaster which first broke the story of her macabre holiday flight to east Africa.

When Pettersson boarded her Dar es Salaam-bound flight at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport she noticed that her co-passenger wasn’t looking on top form.

“He was sweating and was having convulsions,” she told SR, adding that although the flight attendants were present, the plane took off all the same.

When the aircraft was airborne staff put out a call for medical help and while the ailing man was subsequently given cardiac massage, he died a few hours later.

With Kenya Airways staff seemingly baffled by the incident and unsure of their next course of action, Pettersson was obliged to sit only a narrow aisle away from the dead man for the remainder of her overnight flight.

After her holiday, Pettersson decided to seek compensation from the airline, concluding that she had not been entirely satisfied with her flight.

After a couple of months of email communication with Kenya Airways, Pettersson was refunded some 5000 kronor ($713), around half the cost of her ticket.

“This feels much better. It is reasonable,” she said to SR.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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