Brit student fell to her death from a plane

BRIT student fell to her death from a plane after ‘psychotic reaction’ to malaria drug

Cambridge University student Alana Cutland, 19, plunged to her death in July last year after opening the door of a plane flying over Madagascar and falling out. The student, from Milton Keynes, was visiting the African island as part of an internship when she opened the door on the light plane’s flight between Anjajavay and Antananarivo.

An inquest into her death at the beginning of November found a direct link between her death and malaria medication she had been taking; the coroner concluded that Alana had suffered from ‘psychosis or delirium’.

A statement at the time of her death by Cédric Martin, general manager of the Anjajavy Le Lodge which runs the project Alana was working on, claimed that hours before the flight the student was “sitting on a chair and staring into space”.

He added: “She began to show some signs of paranoia by telling me that she was afraid to end up in prison in Madagascar if she did not finish her research.”

The UK medicines regulator told the BBC a review of the suspected association between the drug and psychotic reactions was ongoing.


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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.


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