Snoring Man Suddenly Dies During Flight
Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight between Denver and Salt Lake City may have been mildly annoyed when one of the passengers began snoring loudly for more than 20 minutes. But their annoyance turned to shock when the 30-something man suddenly died.
“You could tell something was wrong. I asked, ‘Hey, sir, are you awake?’ ” passenger Jared Noall said. “I shook him a bit, trying to see if I could get a response out of him. We checked his throat for a pulse, and it wasn’t there, so we laid him down in the aisle and started CPR.”
Despite efforts to use CPR techniques to revive the passenger, who has not been identified, after 30 minutes he was pronounced dead.
Other passengers aboard the commercial flight report that both a male and female passenger took turns trying to revive the man and that they hoped that the dead passenger's family would take some comfort in knowing that everything was done that was possible under trying circumstances to save his life.
“They tried their very best; the family of the deceased man would be glad to know he did everything possible to revive him.” said fellow passenger Kevin MacIsaac. “It was sad to see the flight attendant remove his bag from the overhead rack — what shocking news for his family.”
The dead passenger's seat mate, who was not travelling with the man who died, was very upset to learn that he had suddenly expired and other passengers tried to comfort her.
Airline officials refused to offer additional details, citing concerns for passenger privacy.
The man died on United Airlines Flight 5596.
Deaths on flights aren't all that uncommon. Last year, a man died on an American Airlines flight bound for Miami. In September, Jetstar passengers on an 11-hour Singapore to Auckland flight were offered $100 travel vouchers after a man choked on an in-flight meal and died. His body was moved to the crew area of the plane.
In July of last year, a woman became unresponsive on a Delta flight, which was diverted to get her care; it was unclear if the woman died on the flight or en route to the hospital.
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