Incident: Jetstar A332 enroute on Aug 29th 2011, medical emergency
|By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Sep 4th 2011 07:43Z, last updated Sunday, Sep 4th 2011 07:45Z |
A Jetstar Airbus A330-200, registration VH-EBD performing flight 3K-401 from Singapore (Singapore) to Auckland (New Zealand), was enroute about 90 minutes into the flight, when a male passenger (31) choked while eating his inflight meal (beef dish) and became unresponsive. A doctor on board assisted by two nurses provided first aid and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the aisle, however were unable to save the man. The doctor pronounced the man dead. The body of the man was moved into a crew only area. The aircraft continued to Auckland where the aircraft landed safely about 8.5 hours later 30 minutes ahead of schedule despite a 20 minutes delay at departure.
The airline confirmed the death on board of the aircraft and said, the cause of his death is still under investigation. The coroner's report is expected during September.
The girl friend of the deceased reported, that he was tucking in his beef dish and watching a movie when he shook. She thought he was laughing, but when she looked at him he saw his eyes were rolling, his lips were turning blue and he did not respond. Upon her screams for help a doctor and two nurses provided first aid including resuscitation, however were not able to save her companion. The body was taken to a crew only area while she remained in her seat with cabin crew and even the captain looking frequently after her trying to provide consolation.
Other passengers said, that the captain made an announcement to address possible concerns about how much time he spent back in the cabin stating, that they were a flight crew of three, so that even when he was back in the cabin trying to comfort the deceased's companion two pilots were at the controls of the aircraft.
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