Passenger Dies During Delta Flight

ATLANTA (CBS/AP) — For the second time in three days, a passenger on board a commercial U.S. airlines flight died mid-air.

Delta Air Lines said a 57-year-old passenger was found dead aboard a flight from Nigeria to Atlanta.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said an autopsy determined Aolatou Assani died of ovarian cancer.

Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott said she was found unresponsive early Monday aboard Delta Flight 53, about an hour out of Atlanta and about 11 hours after it took off from Lagos.

FBI Special Agent Steve Emmett said the FBI was initially involved in the investigation because the woman died aboard an international flight.

On Saturday, a man from New York died of an apparent heart attack on an AirTran Airways flight from Las Vegas to Milwaukee, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport.

DIA airport spokeswoman Laura Coale said flight 776 was diverted to Denver and was met at the gate by an ambulance at about 2:50 a.m. The Denver Medical Examiner’s office said Stephen Enves, 64, of Elmhurst, N.Y., was traveling with his wife when he died. An autopsy is planned.

The airplane continued its flight to Milwaukee at about 6:30 a.m.

AirTran spokesman Christopher White said a passenger applied CPR and an automatic external defibrillator was used in attempts to save Enves’ life.

Enves was pronounced dead in Denver.

Similar incidents have occurred on flights en route to the New York City metropolitan region in the past two years.

Last June, a Continental Airlines captain died mid-flight on a trip from Brussels to Newark. The 60-year-old fell ill about 3 hours into the flight and apparently died of natural causes.

In February 2008, a woman on board a flight from Haiti to John F. Kennedy International Airport died after she reported having breathing problems. The plane was diverted to Miami, but the woman died before she could be taken to a hospital. Flight crew and doctors on board attempted to administer oxygen and CPR to the woman.

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  • FT

    Kamal, please dont fuc…g jesus us.

  • tony ijeh

    it is quite unfortunate that those people mentioned above died the way they did may their gentle souls rest in perfect peace


    we all owes a debt of death and we all gonna pay one day,death is death,no matter when,where or how,God bless the dead

  • IkokwuEmmanuel

    In the midst of life is death. Man therefore must be prepared always.Good enjoins us to number our days.

  • satineye

    Mike I can see you being upset with the remark made by Bushhy. However to insult a whole country because of something one person said that is probably not from there is not right. Or is it you needed an excuse to say what you’ve said?

  • mike

    to Bushhy:

    But they will take USA charity and USA military proection- huh?
    Don’t like my country? Stay out- nothing good has ever come from Nigeria!

  • Kamal Abdul-Karim

    Death observes no schedule. The important thing is NOT when ot where, but that the individula be prepared to meet his maker through Jesus the Christ. Nothing else matters.

    • IMRAN

      thruogh got almighty

    • Jim

      The only thing that observes schedule is having some Jesus loon slip thier religion in where it doesn’t belong.

  • Bushhy

    May be people do not like to fly to usa!??

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