Passengers aboard a flight from Las Vegas passed out and had to be revived with oxygen as Phoenix looks set to break another heat record for the 19th day in a row.
People aboard a Delta Air Lines flight at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, had to be taken out due to intense heat as they prepared to head to Atlanta on Monday.
Fox news field producer Kirsta Garvin was on board the flight when the pilot announced they would be returning to the gate after multiple emergencies.
The situation is said to have worsened and flight attendants were seen running through the aisles with oxygen tanks as passengers passed out.
According to Garvin, at least five people had to be taken off the flight due to the heat on board the plane.
Footage captured on the flight shows firefighters aboard the flight as temperatures soared at the airport.
According to Garvin, at least five people had to be taken off the flight due to the heat on board the aircraft.
Garvin said the decision was then made to get everyone out of the crowd due to the volume of sick people and try to cool down the plane.
Taking to Twitter, she said: ‘What a CRAZY experience. First we were late because you didn’t have a flight attendant.
Then we finally boarded and sat for almost 3 hours on a hot plane in 111 degree weather.
‘Now we’re heading back to the gate because people are passing out. Now they tell us that you can get off, but there is no other flight to ATL for days.
‘This is really crazy. The paramedics are here now. I have seen a total of three people on wheels so far. The oxygen tanks are being removed.
‘They said press their call button if you need medical assistance. Babies are screaming crying. They are handing out sandwiches to diabetics. I am shocked.
He later updated his Twitter thread reporting that the crew had also become ill from the temperatures.
The National Weather Service said the temperature at the airport fluctuated between 111 and 115 degrees on Monday.
In a statement, Delta Airlines said it had been investigating the situation.
A spokesperson said: “We apologize for the experience our customers had on Flight 555 from Las Vegas to Atlanta on July 17, which ultimately resulted in the cancellation of the flight.”
“Delta teams are investigating the circumstances that led to uncomfortable temperatures inside the cabin and we appreciate the efforts of our people and first responders at Harry Reid International.”
Emergency crews had to board the aircraft and remove those on board, before the entire aircraft was asked to disembark.
The forecast, for the most part, refers to communities in Arizona, Nevada and a large portion of California.
Heat advisories extended from the Pacific Northwest, through California, through the Southwest and into the Deep South and Florida.
A digital billboard displays an unofficial temperature, Monday, July 17, 2023, in downtown Phoenix
It comes as the city of Phoenix is set to set a record today for the 19th straight day that the temperature has soared to 110 degrees.
The nights have offered little relief from the brutal heat. Phoenix’s overnight low only dipped to 94 F (34.4 C) Tuesday, the ninth straight day of temperatures not dipping below 90 F (32.2 C), another record.
National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Salerno said: “It’s pretty miserable when you don’t have recovery overnight.”
The thermometer hit 100 F (37.8 C) before 9 a.m. for the sixth day in a row on Tuesday.
NOAA’s head of climate analysis, Russell Vose, said: ‘This is the longest streak we’ve seen in this country.
“When you have several million people subjected to that kind of thermal abuse, there are impacts.”
The last time Phoenix didn’t hit 110 F was June 29, when it hit 108. On Monday, the city set a new record with the temperature staying below 95 (35 C).
On Monday, it was announced that the country had recorded its first death as a result of the ongoing ‘heat dome’ engulfing the southwestern US.
Victor Ramos’ death on June 24 was the first to occur in Texas’ Harris County, where Houston is located, this year, according to an account that monitors weather-related deaths this year.
It was later confirmed that Victor Ramos, 67, who lost his life on June 24, died of acute hyperthermia as a result of the heat wave.
Furnace Creek in Death Valley recorded the highest recognized temperature on Earth at 134 F (56.7 C) in July 1913, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
An extreme heat warning sign invites people to relax with Jesus inside a church in Tucson, Arizona on July 15, 2023.
The 67-year-old man died as a result of accidental hyperthermia.
One of the hottest places on earth, Death Valley, which straddles part of central California’s border with Nevada, hit 128 degrees Sunday at the aptly named Furnace Creek, the National Weather Service said.
The hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 134 F in July 1913 at Furnace Creek, said Randy Ceverny of the World Meteorological Organization, the body recognized as keeper of world records.
Temperatures of 130 F or higher have only been recorded on Earth a handful of times, mostly in Death Valley.