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DL17 Med Emergency Before Leaving Gate  
User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 538 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2755 times:

I know there are the usual diversions when a person has a medical emergency in flight, but on DL17 ATL-LAX tonight a person had to be taken off the aircraft before we even finished boarding. They used some medical kit on board, then decided to call an ambulance. Had to restock something that was used and we left the gate about 45 minutes late. Thank goodness that we were still at the gate when it happened for the person's sake, but is this something that is common? It was somewhat startling at first when they asked the cabin if there were any medical personnel present on the aircraft.

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User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2737 times:

It happens every now and then..I wouldn't say common but not a real surprise. Flying can be a real stressful event for some people. Better it happened at the gate and not in flight...


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User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2700 times:

Better to be at the gate than at FL340 when an ambulance is needed. I see ACARS is listing the a/c as N707DN, but I know for a fact that it was N708DN. Perplexing.

I hope all turned out well for the person. Question though, since the flight was scheduled to fly ATL-LAX-SYD, what is the procedure for removing the person's baggage? Are they still under the same rules regarding removing baggage of people not on the flight?


User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5726 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2500 times:

This happened here in Anchorage this past summer. The aircraft pushed back, a guy had a sudden massive heart attack, and the flight crew just radioed to the tug driver to stop the disconnect and pull them back in pronto.
The guy made it just fine, but things might not have worked out as well if it had occurred inflight!


User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2444 times:

Have heard of people collapsing in jetty's too and from aircraft, and in Flight Connections. Was in T3 when someone has a heart attack in Flight Connections. Very scary, they just dropped like a stone, I thought a bag had fallen over until airline employees further up the desk started crying and calling for the medics who appeared very fast.

Never good to see.


User currently offlineDavescj From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 2305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

Quoting trigged (Reply 2):
what is the procedure for removing the person's baggage? Are they still under the same rules regarding removing baggage of people not on the flight?

This situation happened to me when I was flying LHR -- ORD about 2 yrs ago. I was on BA. At least in that case, the luggage was taken off the plane. We ended up being delayed about an hour. However, I will say I was glad that the problem on the ground, as it was pointed out it is much better that the person get treatment from paramedics right away.

Dave



Can I have a mojito on this flight?
User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2964 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

I've only had this happen to me once and it was at FL330. Luckily the person only had some issues with low blood pressure. Two MDs and an EMT came to help out.
Still a scary moment when the F/As ask if medical personnel is on board...



Where have all the tri-jets gone...
User currently offlinePRFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

I was on a flight LAX-MNL and we were taxiing to the runway in LAX when the crew asked if there was a Medical person on board. A pax suffered a heart attack. Lucky guy, a group of Doctors were on board on their way to a medical mission in the Philippines. All 10 Doctors got out of their seats to help treat the passenger. The a/c returned to the gate and the pax was taken by an ambulance. His family decided to stay behind and their baggage were also offloaded. We were delayed about an hour. Cabin crew gave the Doctors gifts when we were airborne.

[Edited 2010-02-10 06:04:09]

User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2224 times:

If person no shows at the gate, or goes ill and offloaded before take off, the bags are always taken off the plane (Errors have been made now and again of course) but they should always be taken off the plane.

User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

Well, I think I am officially jinxed. I flew home to ATL from LAX on DL2094 last night (2-10) and about 40 minutes before we landed an elderly lady had some serious problems. One of the FA's came back and grabbed the AED and a black medical bag from above Seat 31C and another FA called out for someone with a medical background. Had medical alerted but they were not there when we showed up. They had everyone stay seated for about 5 minutes, then let First Class get up and leave, then about 3-4 minutes later they let all of the rows forward of her leave, then about 3-4 minutes later after they all cleared out of the way, they called for the rest of the plane to leave. Passenger was still in her seat.

Bizarre. Me thinks I am jinxed now. Never had a medical emergency on a flight in almost 30 years of flying and I have two in a row on a single round trip.

Not to mention there was a little crosswind and we smacked the pavement pretty rough, enough to make a half-dozen people gasp.

[Edited 2010-02-11 10:46:29]

[Edited 2010-02-11 10:48:12]

User currently offlineBeakerLTN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

Maybe not really that close, but an interesting anecdote...

I was at a neighbouring gate at HKG to an El al flight, when a kid fell over and badly cut his head. They held the flight until the kid was mopped up and went on the flight - a bit late. More interesting was the number of men in suits on the flight who seemed to have an interest in the incident and hovered around.



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User currently offlinethegooddoctor From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 523 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

Quoting stratosphere (Reply 1):
It happens every now and then..I wouldn't say common but not a real surprise. Flying can be a real stressful event for some people. Better it happened at the gate and not in flight...

Actually it happens quite frequently. There are several services that put flight attendents and medical personnel on board in touch with emergency room docs. I've seen MedLink's base station - very busy....



The GoodDoctor
User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5566 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1350 times:

Quoting stratosphere (Reply 1):
It happens every now and then..I wouldn't say common but not a real surprise

We call for paramedics to gate areas/inbound flights about 3 or 4 times a day on a slow day.

Quoting LHR380 (Reply 8):
If person no shows at the gate, or goes ill and offloaded before take off, the bags are always taken off the plane (Errors have been made now and again of course) but they should always be taken off the plane.

In the US, positive bag match only applies to international segments.

Quoting trigged (Reply 2):
Question though, since the flight was scheduled to fly ATL-LAX-SYD, what is the procedure for removing the person's baggage?

I doubt that their bag was removed in ATL, but regardless of the airplane's or passenger's ultimate destination the bag would've been offloaded in LAX before any international segment.



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