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Gatwick Airport passenger dies 30,000 feet in the air after 'medical emergency'

MyLondon 11/17/2022 Charles Wade-Palmer & Nicole Karageorgi

A man in his 50s has died onboard an easyJet flight from Cyprus to London Gatwick Airport after a 'medical emergency'. Passengers grew concerned when they noticed their fellow passenger who appeared to be travelling alone wasn't waking up.

Cabin crew attempted to resuscitate the passenger, but despite their best efforts it was unsuccessful. Flight EZY8454 left Paphos Airport on the island at around 2.20pm local time (12.20pm GMT). The 'medical emergency' occurred around three hours 20 minutes into the flight, at 3.40pm GMT, reports The Daily Star.

Witnesses praised the airline for their handling of the emergency. Speaking of an air steward's actions, one anonymous passenger said: "She's done absolutely amazingly, must be so tricky. The team handled the situation with extraordinary composure and professionalism."

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Passengers were shocked by the incident © The Daily Star Passengers were shocked by the incident

Cabin crew reportedly asked the plane if anyone on the flight was a certified doctor or paramedic. Two people hesitantly raised their hands to offer their help but unfortunately neither were able to offer more than the crew's first aid capabilities.

When a passenger who claimed to be a nurse asked if he was still breathing, a visibly trembling air steward understandably told him: "We can't say anything sir." After a man crammed in by the window seat beside the passenger was helped out to find a new seat, a defibrillator was brought out in a bid to resuscitate him.

A cabin crew member offered nearby passengers the opportunity to move seats. Once his condition was confirmed, crew proficiently set about searching for the passenger's luggage.

At 4.28pm GMT, as the plane passed over Paris, France, the flight's captain confirmed there had been a "medical incident" and asked for everyone to treat the dead man with dignity. Passengers were held on landing at Gatwick for paramedics to board and pronounce the passenger's death.

A passenger said they were blown away by the manner in which cabin crew handled the 'medical emergency' (stock image) © Bloomberg via Getty Images A passenger said they were blown away by the manner in which cabin crew handled the 'medical emergency' (stock image)

An easyJet spokesperson said: "easyJet can confirm that sadly a passenger died onboard flight EZY8454 from Paphos to London Gatwick on 17 November.

"The well-being of our passengers and crew is always easyJet's highest priority. Our crew are trained to respond to medical issues and did all possible during the flight. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the customer and we are offering support and assistance at this difficult time."

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