Last updated: 11:45 AM ET, Mon April 11 2016

Passenger Dies From Heart Attack During Qantas Emergency Landing

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 11, 2016

Passenger Dies From Heart Attack During Qantas Emergency Landing

A plane from Australian airline Qantas was forced to make an emergency landing in Oman Friday when a passenger onboard suffered a suspected heart attack.

Unfortunately, the man died before the plane could make the successful emergency landing.

According to Patrick Begley of the Sydney Morning Herald, Qantas Flight QF9 was en route from Melbourne, Australia, to London when a passenger onboard began suffering what has been reported as a heart attack. Attendants began working on the man on the floor of the plane, and the pilot announced an emergency landing in Muscat, Oman.

The aircraft—an Airbus A380—began its descent into Oman, but the man suffering the heart attack died before the plane could land. When the Qantas flight landed in Oman, several officials boarded the aircraft to examine the situation.

After about an hour of investigation, the man’s body was removed from the plane, and authorities helped the deceased passenger’s distraught wife and family off the Qantas flight. The remaining passengers endured a four-hour delay before the plane departed for a connecting flight in Dubai.

A Qantas airline spokeswoman told the Sydney Morning Herald, “Our crew did everything they could, including helping perform CPR with a doctor who was on board. Our thoughts are with the passenger's family.”


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