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Man Attempts Suicide During British Airways Flight

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 13, 2016

Man Attempts Suicide During British Airways Flight

Photo courtesy of British Airways

On Monday, a British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Iceland after a passenger reportedly attempted suicide in the bathroom of the plane.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, British Airways Flight 6185 was en route from Los Angeles to London when the pilot diverted the plane to Iceland at around 6 a.m. local time with about four hours left in the trip.

Witnesses onboard reported the flight crew informed them that attendants were unable to make one of the passengers open the bathroom door. When they finally got the door open, they found a man slumped over after he had reportedly attempted to slit his wrists.

“Earlier, I remember going to the bathroom and it said occupied. I didn't feel like going to another section,” publicist and passenger onboard the flight Stan Rosenfield told The Hollywood Reporter. “A little while later, the same thing happened, so I just went to another bathroom. Then there were a series of beeps — I've never heard anything like it. All the flight attendants converged in the galley where the bathroom was and drew the curtain.”

When the plane eventually landed in London, the passengers were interviewed by police. At the time of the incident, the flight was full of Hollywood executives headed for the Cannes Film Festival. The airline also released a comment about the situation.

“Our Los Angeles to Heathrow service was diverted to Iceland so that a customer could receive medical assistance. The customer was taken to a hospital locally and the flight continued to Heathrow after a two-hour delay,” British Airways told The Hollywood Reporter. “On a guidance basis only we understand that the customer was discharged from hospital the same day.”


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