San Francisco, California: A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York City was diverted to San Francisco after a flight attendant died of an apparent heart attack, officials said Friday.
Hawaiian Airlines Flight 50 landed Thursday night after a crew member had “a suspected heart attack,” San Francisco airport spokesman Doug Yakel said.
Medical personnel attempted CPR during the flight but suspended those efforts prior to landing. The San Mateo County coroner declared the crew member dead on arrival, Yakel said.
Yakel said the passengers who landed in San Francisco five hours after takeoff were put on other flights.
Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Andrea Bartz, who was on the flight to John F. Kennedy Airport, said on Twitter that the crew made an announcement asking for a doctor to go to first class and help with a medical emergency.
Flight from Honolulu to JFK diverted to SFO for a passenger needing medical attention. It’s been a long time since they asked for doctors to come to first class so I hope they’re okay. First time I’ve ever had a flight diverted, somehow. Waiting for medics to board now. — Andrea Bartz (@andibartz) January 25, 2019
Bartz tweeted that “so many doctors came forward” and that police officers came on board after the plane landed.
There are cops, too, and no one’s moving with any urgency and they just had an elderly man with a yarmulke come up to the front. Did someone die? — Andrea Bartz (@andibartz) January 25, 2019
Bartz declined to be interviewed. But she and another passenger complained on Twitter that the airline played ukulele music during the emergency.
“Hawaiian Airlines is still playing the ukulele/traditional singing soundtrack meant for boarding and deplaning, and I’ll tell ya, it’s not making anyone calmer,” she tweeted.
Of course the dude in the Deadliest Catch cap decided the pleas to not leave our seats do not apply to him. He’s just chilling in the aisle. — Andrea Bartz (@andibartz) January 25, 2019