Flight attendant dies of heart attack while airborne: Gulf Air plane makes emergency landing while en route from Bahrain to Paris
- Air steward Yasser Saleh Al Yazidi fell ill on a Gulf Air flight last week.
- He suffered a heart attack at 34,000 feet during a flight from Bahrain to Paris.
- The pilots diverted to the airport in Iraq, but Yasser sadly died before reaching the hospital.
A flight attendant has tragically died after suffering a mid-air heart attack during a flight from Bahrain to Paris.
Air steward Yasser Saleh Al Yazidi fell ill on Gulf Air flight GF-19 that left Bahrain International at 1:40 am Tuesday and was bound for Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.
The Airbus A321 pilots were forced to make an emergency landing in Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, so that Yasser could receive medical attention.
The aircraft was received by a medical team who immediately transported the affected cabin crew member to a nearby hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival.
A cabin crew member aboard a Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to France has died after suffering a heart attack on board (file image: Gulf Air Airbus A321)
The pilots of the Gulf Air flight were forced to make an emergency landing at Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (Erbil International Airport shown), where the plane was met by a medical team.
The plane was flying at an altitude of 34,000 feet over Iraq when Yasser fell ill, Erbil airport director Ahmed Hoshyar told Iraqi media.
The flight was grounded for approximately four hours at Erbil international airport before the passengers could continue their journey to the French capital.
A Gulf Air statement released in the wake of Yasser’s death read: “The national airline expresses its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the crew member, and confirms that the flight has resumed to Paris as scheduled.
The plane was on the ground for approximately four hours before the passengers could continue their journey to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (pictured)
“Gulf Air ensures that the safety of its passengers and crew is one of its highest priorities, and thanks the passengers on the affected flight for their patience and understanding,” the statement continued.
Cabin crew are generally trained to administer basic first aid, and all aircraft are equipped with first aid kits and rudimentary medical supplies.
But most commercial flights do not carry specialized medical equipment, and unless there is a doctor on board, pilots are generally required to make an emergency landing at an appropriate airport in case a serious medical problem arises during a flight.