On Sunday evening a Jet2 flight from Tenerife, Spain to Manchester, United Kingdom, experienced the tragic death of a passenger after the woman – aged 60 – fell ill mid-air.
The flight was forced to divert to Newquay to provide medical assistance, where the woman was attended to by trained cabin crew, who reportedly performed CPR. Despite their efforts, the passenger did not survive and was declared deceased. Though the woman’s identity was not publicly released, her family has been informed and a file is being prepared for HM Coroner.
The cause of the woman’s illness is still a mystery and the death is not being treated as suspicious, though a passenger on board did explain the events leading to the state.
According to the passenger, the woman had been accompanied by a man in the cabin, and was being helped to the restroom when her condition visibly deteriorated. Cabin crew responded to calls for medical staff in a timely manner and the plane quickly adjusted its course and veered to the right.
While understandably being shaken by the incident, passengers remained strong and cooperative, some of whom prove indelibly useful in providing assistance.
Jet2 offered their condolences to the woman’s family and thanked all those who provided aid and support on board. The flight then refueled in Newquay and ultimately arrived in Manchester at around 10 p.m. local time.