This week an American passenger passed away while on board a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight, causing the plane to make an emergency landing in Egypt. The flight was reportedly on its way from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to New York City when a passenger became ill about two hours into the flight.
Apparently the situation was extreme enough that the pilot decided to land the plane in Cairo, where he also called for help to be waiting upon arrival. The 67-year-old passed away however before the medical assistance could do anything for him, and the doctor that arrived pronounced him dead on the scene.
The man’s body was removed from the plane and taken to the Heliopolis Hospital in Cairo, and then the plane resumed its initial flight path to New York. There have not been details released about sort of sickness the man was suffering from while in air, nor what the official cause of death was.
This incident follows closely another Saudi Airlines incident where a plane accidentally send out a distress signal for a “hijacking threat.” The distress signal put the Philippines Airport into lockdown mode until it was determined that the threat was not real and that everything was safe.