Woman dies aboard airplane

May 24, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) -- A passenger aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to New York died while en route, an airline spokesman said.

While confirming the death that occurred Sunday, the spokesman didn't provide details, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

"A passenger was attended to by a doctor who declared the passenger dead while the flight was en route. It appears to be of natural causes," the spokesman said.

One passenger told the Daily News two doctors on the flight tried to revive the passenger he identified as a woman.

"They tried to revive her. They brought her up to first class, next to me, to try to help her. They put something in her chest," Dancy Rivera of New York said. "The flight attendants told everyone to stay seated. It was scary. People in the back (of the plane) didn't know what was happening."

He said the woman was declared dead and "covered with a white sheet" until the plane landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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