A Hawaiian Airlines plane made an emergency landing late Thursday evening after a flight attendant suffered a heart attack then died mid-flight.
PIX 11 reports Flight 50 left Honolulu around 4:20 p.m.(Hawaii time) en route to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Almost three hours into the flight, the flight attendant had a heart attack and the pilot made an announcement to check if there were any doctors on board. Several passengers and crew members attempted to perform CPR on the flight attendant.
The male flight attendant was pronounced dead shortly after the aircraft made an emergency landing in San Francisco around 11:00 p.m.(PST). A Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson identified the flight attendant as Emile Griffith, a 30-year veteran.
“Emile both loved and treasured his job at Hawaiian and always shared that with our guests. Our hearts are with Emile’s family, friends and all those fortunate to have known him.”
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The spokesperson also thanked crew members and passengers for helping Griffith while he was in medical distress.
“We are forever grateful for Emile’s colleagues and good Samaritans on board who stayed by his side and provided extensive medical help,”
A tribute was created for Griffith at the in-flight crew lounge in Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.