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Holiday makers fall ill and die on easyJet flight from Alicante to Newcastle on New Year’s Day

Holiday makers fall ill and die on easyJet flight from Alicante to Newcastle on New Year’s Day

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A vacationer returning from Alicante fell ill and died aboard his flight home on New Year’s Day.

Crew members on an easyJet flight to Newcastle gave the man medical assistance and called on paramedics to meet them when they landed.

However, the passenger had died before they could reach help, despite the jet pilots being able to shave off 15 minutes of flight time.

A vacationer returning from Alicante fell ill and died aboard this easyJet flight home on this plane from Alicante on New Year's Day

A vacationer returning from Alicante fell ill and died aboard this easyJet flight home on this plane from Alicante on New Year’s Day

The passenger died before they could get help, even though the jet pilots managed to shave 15 minutes from the flight time.

The passenger died before they could get help, even though the jet pilots managed to shave 15 minutes from the flight time.

The passenger died before they could get help, even though the jet pilots managed to shave 15 minutes from the flight time.

An airline spokesman said: ‘easyJet can confirm that a passenger became ill on board flight EZY6418 on January 1 from Alicante to Newcastle.

“Medical assistance was provided to the passenger on board and the crew asked paramedics to be present at the landing to provide further medical assistance, but unfortunately the passenger died.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the passenger and we offer support and assistance during this difficult time.

“The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is our highest priority.”

Passengers who fall ill on an airplane can be very common and cabin crew are trained in basic first aid, which means they often ask if a doctor is on board or someone is seriously ill.

All aircraft must have a first aid kit and an emergency kit of medicines and equipment that can only be used by a doctor or nurse.

Most long-haul aircraft have defibrillators on board to breathe new life into victims of a heart attack, which the crew know how to use.

Expert advice will also be sought from a local telemedicine center.

One of the largest telemedicine centers is the MedLink Global Response Center in Phoenix, Arizona, whose service is used by 76 airlines worldwide, including BA and Virgin Atlantic.

It has doctors, communication specialists and support staff who, claiming, can speak in 140 languages ​​with staff in the air.

MedLink locates the nearest airport with a nearby hospital in case the pilot has to divert the aircraft to gain access to life-saving treatments. Some parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union, have few medical facilities at airports.

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