Woman Unexpectedly Falls Ill, Dies on Flight

(USNewsBreak.com) – Millions of people fly every day, whether domestically or internationally. Sometimes, they experience medical emergencies in the air, and the pilot has to divert the trip to seek emergency care. That happened recently on an American Airlines flight from the Dominican Republic to North Carolina. Sadly, the woman involved passed away.

On Wednesday, February 28, a 41-year-old mother of two was on a flight when she fell ill. The pilot radioed flight control that someone on his plane was experiencing a medical emergency and receiving CPR and that they needed to land. The flight touched down in Turks and Caicos, where, shortly after 6 p.m., air traffic controllers had police and medical personnel respond to the aircraft. According to a statement on social media, first responders whisked the woman away to Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where doctors pronounced her dead.

Authorities have not identified the woman, except to say she was a mother of two from Indiana. The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force said the coroner would perform an autopsy to determine her cause of death. The woman’s sister-in-law, Stephanie Quinn, wrote, “We are in disbelief, and our hearts are breaking,” in response to the Facebook post.

Passengers on the flight had to stay in Turks and Caicos overnight. The trip to Charlotte, North Carolina, took place the next day.

Deaths on flights are relatively rare, but they do happen. In early February, a man traveling from Bangkok, Thailand, to Munich, Germany, felt ill on the plane after having run through the airport to catch his flight. After a Polish medic declared he was OK, the flight proceeded normally. However, the man quickly started bleeding from his nose and mouth. One passenger, Martin Missfelder, said the man gushed blood all over the plane walls and lost liters of blood. He died despite CPR efforts to save him, and the pilots diverted the flight back to Bangkok.

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