A Hawaiian Airlines jet enroute from Honolulu to New York made an emergency landing in San Francisco after one of the flight attendants on board suffered a medical emergency and died mid flight. Flight 50 departed Honolulu about 4:20pm Hawaiian Time (6:20pm Pacific Time) wherein the flight attendant suffered to the medical emergency three hours later. The pilots asked over the loudspeaker on board and there were several.
The crew and doctors performed CPR on the flight attendant but was pronounced dead by the San Mateo coroner after the flight arrived SFO at about 11pm.
According to an airport spokesperson, the flight attendant possibly suffered a heart attack.
Passengers spent a couple more hours in the jet before being allowed to deplane.
“It’s just confusing, trying to figure out what’s going on. I wasn’t sure what was happening, and not too many people were,” said Damien Stack, who was on Hawaiian Flight 50. “We knew it was a medical emergency, but we didn’t know specifically what it was, until after we landed.”
Passengers were asked to book their own flights to New York, which the airline is expected to reimburse. The plane left SFO shortly after 4 a.m., but it is unclear where the plane was headed.
The flight attendant’s identity has not been released.