It’s everyone’s worst travel nightmare: Having to witness someone being sick or dying on a plane.
The passengers and crew members experienced that on a British Airways flight from Cape Town International Airport to OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday.
At first, everyone on board the flight assumed that the woman was sleeping, but when it was time to disembark the plane, and she was not responding, paramedics confirmed that she died.
Susan Van Der Ryst, the Corporate Communications Head for Comair, said emergency medical personnel boarded the aircraft as soon as it landed in Johannesburg.
The recent incident has prompted us to ask the question: “What is the protocol does an airline follow when someone falls ill or dies on board a plane?”