Last updated: 04:21 PM ET, Fri April 22 2016

Passenger Dies After Plane Makes Emergency Landing in North Carolina

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 22, 2016

Passenger Dies After Plane Makes Emergency Landing in North Carolina

A JetBlue flight was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday in North Carolina due to a medical emergency for a passenger who later died.

According to, a JetBlue flight en route from Fort Lauderdale to New York was diverted to Wilmington International Airport (ILM) in Wilmington, N.C., after a male passenger suffered a medical emergency.

The aircraft landed at ILM at 7:05 p.m. local time Wednesday.

Emergency personnel were immediately on the scene when the plane landed, but the passenger was pronounced dead a short time later. Airport Director Julie Wilsey told the Wilmington Star-News that emergency landings are not uncommon at ILM, but this was an unusual and unfortunate case where the passenger did not survive.

Despite JetBlue not being an airline stationed at ILM, the airline sent a special team to the facility to help the deceased passenger’s wife who was traveling with him at the time of the incident.

In addition to JetBlue’s efforts during the emergency, Wilsey also told the Wilmington Star-News, “ILM staff and EMS responded remarkably to the situation and everything was done to try and assist the gentleman.”


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