A HOLIDAYMAKER flying home to Newcastle, UK, from Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca died mid air on New Year’s Day.
The unnamed man, said to be 63-years-old, fell ill mid flight. Despite the best efforts of crewmembers on the easyJet flight he passed away.
They had alerted medics to meet the flight on touchdown and the pilot managed to shave 15 minutes off the flight time, but it was to no avail.
A spokesman for the airline said: “easyJet can confirm that a passenger was taken ill on board flight EZY6418 from Alicante to Newcastle on January 1.
“Medical assistance was provided to the passenger on board and the crew requested paramedics to attend upon landing to provide further medical assistance however the passenger sadly passed away.
“’Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the passenger and we are offering support and assistance at this difficult time.
“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is our highest priority.”
Chronicle Live reported that a spokesman from Northumbria Police said: “At about 1.35pm on New Year’s Day police received a report that a 63-year-old man had fallen unwell on a flight travelling to Newcastle Airport from Alicante.
“Paramedics attended to the man when the flight landed in Newcastle, however, he was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.
“There are not believed to have been any suspicious circumstances around the man’s death and a report will now be prepared for the coroner.”
A spokesperson from Newcastle Airport said: “The Airport’s Air Traffic Control team were made aware that a passenger had taken ill on an inbound flight from Alicante yesterday afternoon and requested paramedics to meet the aircraft on arrival.
“Several members of the Airport Fire Service, alongside the paramedics, provided medical assistance on board, however, sadly the gentleman passed away. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the passenger.”