Hawaiian Airlines plane makes emergency landing after long-time flight attendant dies

2019-01-28 13:53
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A Hawaiian Airlines plane from Honolulu was diverted to San Francisco after a flight attendant died from a heart attack.

The airline confirmed Emile Griffith’s death last Friday, saying they were “deeply saddened” by the loss of the flight attendant of 31 years’ experience, People reports.

"We are forever grateful for Emile’s colleagues and good Samaritans on board who stayed by his side and provided extensive medical help," the statement said.

"Emile both loved and treasured his job at Hawaiian and always shared that with our guests. Our hearts are with Emile’s family, friends and all those fortunate to have known him."

Emile was aboard flight HA50, working alongside 11 crew members and serving 253 passengers, USA Today reports.

Medical personnel attempted CPR during the flight but stopped resuscitation before landing.

US author Andrea Bartz was aboard the flight and tweeted it when it happened.

"It's been a long time since they asked for doctors to come to first class so I hope they're okay," Andrea wrote.

"First time I've ever had a flight diverted, somehow. Waiting for medics to board now."

After the flight was rerouted, passengers were reportedly booked on the first available flight to New York, according to CNN.

Hawaiian Airline also made counselling available for Emile’s colleagues.

Sources: People, Abc News, USA Today, CNN

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