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Elderly Man Dies During Aeromexico Flight to Mexico City

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 04, 2016

Elderly Man Dies During Aeromexico Flight to Mexico City

An elderly man traveling with his grandson and daughter on an Aeromexico flight Tuesday died during the trip from Chicago to Mexico City.

According to ABC News, the unidentified 88-year-old man was traveling on Aeromexico Flight 683 with his 27-year-old grandson and his 54-year-old daughter en route to Mexico City to visit his family.

The grandson told police that his grandfather had suffered from recent heart problems and had a pacemaker. Investigators believe the elderly man died from natural causes.

The incident occurred before 4 a.m. local time, and the pilot called on the other passengers for a doctor’s assistance. By the time the plane landed at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, the man was already pronounced dead.

After emergency personnel entered the plane, the airline asked the passengers to deplane with their belongings so authorities could remove the man’s body. The passengers waited in Terminal D of the Houston airport for about an hour before they were once again allowed to board the plane and continue the flight to Mexico City.

Officials at George Bush Intercontinental Airport told ABC News that deaths at the facility happen once or twice a year, and that the decision to make an emergency landing is up to the flight crew onboard the plane.

Fernando Del Río shared an image from inside the plane on Twitter:


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