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Young air steward praised for actions despite man tragically dying on easyJet flight to London

Emma Guinness

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Young air steward praised for actions despite man tragically dying on easyJet flight to London

A young air steward has been praised for dealing with one of the hardest situations she could have faced on a flight: the death of a passenger.

The tragedy unfolded on an EasyJet flight from Cyprus to London's Gatwick Airport on Thursday (17 November), when a passenger in his 50s failed to wake up.

This prompted attempts to revive the man using a defibrillator, but they were unsuccessful, and the other passengers were told of the 'medical incident' mid-flight.

Another man who had been sitting next to the deceased was moved before the defibrillation attempts began.

Attempts were made to revive the passenger but they were unfortunately to little avail. Credit: Alamy/Tony Watson
Attempts were made to revive the passenger but they were unfortunately to little avail. Credit: Alamy/Tony Watson

One of the passengers went on to praise a young, female air steward for the professionalism she displayed in the situation, the Daily Star reports.

The witness said: "She's done absolutely amazingly, must be so tricky. The team handled the situation with extraordinary composure and professionalism."

The revelation about the passenger's condition was made at around 4.28pm GMT as the plane made its way over Paris, having initially set off from Cyprus at 12.20pm GMT.

Concerns were raised for the wellbeing of the man just over an hour into the flight at about 3.40pm GMT.

The cabin crew initially asked the other passengers if there was a doctor or a paramedic on board, and while people did offer to help, they reportedly did not have any more medical training than the crew's first aid.

A passenger who said they were a nurse asked an air steward if the man was breathing, to which she replied: "We can't say anything sir."

Passengers who were sitting near the deceased man were also given the opportunity to change seats.

The plane was held on landing after it arrived in Gatwick Airport so paramedics could board and confirm the deceased status of the passenger.

Crew then began to search for the man's luggage once it had been confirmed that he had passed away.

The death was described as a 'medical incident'. Credit: Alamy/ANDREW WALTERS
The death was described as a 'medical incident'. Credit: Alamy/ANDREW WALTERS

All reports state that the man had been travelling alone on the flight and that staff did 'all possible' when it came to reviving him.

A spokesperson for EasyJet told LADbible: "EasyJet can confirm that sadly a passenger died onboard flight EZY8454 from Paphos to London Gatwick on 17 November.

"The well-being of our passengers and crew is always easyJet's highest priority. Our crew are trained to respond to medical issues and did all possible during the flight.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the customer and we are offering support and assistance at this difficult time."

Featured Image Credit: Vit Javorik/Alamy Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy

Topics: UK News

Emma Guinness
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