Though it may not be often a man dies on a flight, that was the sad case during a United Airlines flight recently. KSL reported the details on Feb. 11 of the man who died on a flight out of Denver, Colo. despite passengers performing CPR on him for over 30 minutes.
The incident happened on United Flight 5596 out of Denver as it was traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah. One passenger, Jared Noall, assisted with the CPR until the paramedics met the plane and he says several others worked with him. Noall, a combat medic with the Army Reserve, said that 15-20 minutes before the flight landed he noticed a man two rows back who was snoring loudly. Then, the man moved and stopped snoring, and he thought that the man had just found a better position that allowed him to sleep more quietly. Once the plane landed, however, passengers realized something was wrong.
Noall says that they tried to wake him, but he was unable to find a pulse on the man so the passengers laid him down in the aisle and began CPR. Though several passengers worked on the man for some time, he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later. Noall says that they did what they could and he was impressed by how everybody came together to try to save the man's life. Another passenger from the flight says, “the family of the deceased man would be glad to know he did everthing possible to revive him.”
The identity of the man who died on the flight has not been released, but he was apparently only in his 30s. United Airlines confirmed the man died, but said due to privacy concerns they would not comment further.