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Passenger dies on flight from Spain after lady seen being led to toilet “in distress”

A passenger who was travelling on a Jet2 flight to Manchester that was forced to make an emergency landing in Newquay has died.

The flight, which was headed from Tenerife to Manchester Airport, issued an alert approximately three hours into the journey that was taking place on the night of Sunday, April 2 after a customer needed medical assistance.

Those who were on board the plane explained the “emotional” scenes as the passenger, who is understood to be a woman, fell ill and needed assistance from medical professionals as the aircraft began to descend over the Celtic Sea before landing at Cornwall Airport Newquay.

One passenger explained to Manchester Evening News: “A few hours into the flight a man was helping a woman he was with to the bathroom. She looked to be in quite a state and was in distress.

“Cabin crew had a chat with them and at one point they had to lay her down in front of the doors where the seats with extra legroom are. She was being asked how much pain she was in so that they could relay it back to the captain.

“She seemed to take a sudden turn. The cabin crew put out an announcement for any medical staff on board. Then the plane took a very dramatic veer to the right and it was clear something had changed and we needed to land straight away.

“Quite a few people were visibly upset and emotional by what was going on. She passed out, and they had oxygen on board and a defibrillator on board and started performing CPR. They did this for around an hour until we landed at Newquay.

“The air ambulance and a second ambulance was waiting when we landed, and they quickly got the steps and transported her out of the side of the plane on a scoop stretcher.”

Following the plane landing, passengers stated that it had to undergo a refuelling as police chatted to Jet2 staff. The plane then later took off again – landing down in Manchester at around 10pm.

While further details have not yet been confirmed, the South West Ambulance Service and Devon and Cornwall Police have been approached for further information.

Jet2 confirmed in a statement that the passenger on board had passed away, thanking the crew on board as well as the customers who were providing assistance.

A spokesperson said: “Flight LS756 from Tenerife to Manchester diverted to Cornwall Airport Newquay yesterday evening, due to a customer requiring medical attention.

“Regrettably, we can confirm that the customer has sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with the customer’s family and friends at this very difficult time. We would like to express our thanks to our crew, as well as other customers who provided assistance onboard.”

Source: irishmirror