Passenger dies mid-air during Mexico-Belgium flight

May 23rd, 2012 - 11:50 pm ICT by BNO News  

SHANNON, IRELAND (BNO NEWS) — A Jetairfly passenger plane flying from Mexico to Belgium made an emergency landing in Ireland on Wednesday morning after one of its passengers became unwell in mid-air, the airline said. The passenger was pronounced dead upon landing.

Jetairfly flight 208 was flying from Cancún International Airport on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula when a male passenger suffered a medical emergency. “The crews and passenger-nurses who were called upon administered medical care,” said Hans Vanhaelemeesch, a spokesman for the Belgian airline.

Less than 30 minutes after the pilot declared a medical emergency, the Boeing 767-300 made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport in Ireland. “At the airport a doctor determined the death of the passenger,” Vanhaelemeesch said. “The deceased passenger was traveling with his spouse. The cause of death is heart failure.”

The remaining 252 passengers waited several hours before they were able to resume their flight to the Belgian capital of Brussels. “The unfortunate incident resulted in a 6-hour delay at Brussels,” the spokesman added. “The management and staff of Jetairfly and Jetair express their condolences to the family of the deceased.”

The nationality of the deceased was not released.

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