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Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 1:00 am

United Crew Fail to Notice Man's Death on Flight, Paper Says

By Kelvin Chan

Hong Kong, Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Cabin crew on a United Airlines flight didn't notice a man had died on a flight from Hong Kong to Singapore until after the plane landed, the South China Morning Post reported, citing an unidentified passenger.

The passenger said he told a flight attendant about the 51- year-old American man, but she didn't immediately check on him, instead helping others disembark from the plane, the paper said.

The airline, owned by UAL Corp., would not comment on the possibility the man had died of deep vein thrombosis, the paper said.

Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms, usually in the leg. The clots are life-threatening because they have the potential to lodge in vital organs. The condition attracted worldwide attention in October when a 28-year old woman collapsed and died at Heathrow airport after a 20-hour flight from Sydney to London.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 3:00 am

That is a quite starnge story....
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:00 am

Why do they assume the cause of death was deep vein thrombosis? Couldn't he have died of a heart attack or another illness? Why speculate?

oh my bad, their job is to sell newspapers.  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:18 am

This goes to show that how UA does not care about their pax. Flew them several time across the pacific. By far one of the worst carriers flying across pacific. Service and seats are poor.

UA just does not care about cabin services. it is not suprise to me that no one cared about this poor soul.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:23 am

Chiawei, you mightfor sure! beright...
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:28 am

I cannot comment on UA's service as I haven't flown them in the last 6 years. Although I have heard their service isn't that great I can imagine them being comparable to any other American carrier. Far behind the Europeans and Asians. But what you guys are saying is wrong, IMHO. People tend to fall asleep on longhaul flights so maybe it just looked like the guy was sleeping on the whole flight, who knows. Well, that's the way of life - has to end at some point. Tragic but true.

gibberish
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:33 am

One more thing that I would like to add.

I fly quite a bit on UA 844(i think) to TPE. Usually we will be fed once, and the attendant would be missing for nearly 5-6 hours (no where to be found).

Asking for a drink is next to impossible. And UA has by far the most cramped seats on their long haul route. (especially in economy).

For a couple hundred more I can fly on EVA to TPE with much bigger seats, better food, and overall much better services. Their cabin crew is always around and comes through cabin once every 10-20 minutes to offer drinks without even me asking for it.

Anyway all Asian carriers are much better than any north american airlines. In fact many european airlines are better than North American carrier as well.

 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:55 am

Chiawei, you are probably right about those North American carriers flying the cramped seats and less-reliable attendants. I haven't flew over ocean till last few months ago when I flew DL's L-1011 to OGG and I was surprised how tight seats and cant believe how could those people are able to flying like this on 12-15 hours?!? I guess I went thru all ads from non-North American carriers showing how comfortable riding can be and didnt see any from North American carriers and easily for me to assume that all airlines are about the same.

Hopefully that AA's new program on removing few seats off to give more space will help influence other North American carriers to gain more convenience for every passengers. Too bad that there's more manic or air-raged passengers gone too far that might turn flight attendants into police gezabos.



 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 6:32 am

How has this thread turned from someone dying on board an aircraft to a "Lets slam the US Carriers" post?
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 6:37 am

That's funny, JaseWGTN, I was just thinking the same thing. How tragic. Stay on the subject, people! Geesh.
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 6:42 am

I agree with the 2 people above.  Big thumbs up These threads don't seem to stay on the subject all the time.

KLM747 Big grin
 
chiawei
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 6:49 am

sorry about getting off the topic.

But if the attendant had paid any kind of attention to the pax, someone would have noticed already. Perhaps the poor soul can be saved.

But I have seen too many US carrier flight attendent just disappear out of the site. This will not happen with a foreign carrier. I have seen attendant from SQ, CX, BR, CI, and host of others would actually help passenger by cover them with blanket when pax is sound asleep.

I just found it hard to believe that no attendant ever found out what is going on. Moreover, since US carrier seats are among the worse in the world (economy), y-class syndrom would only get worse.
 
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RE: Stop!

Fri Feb 23, 2001 8:13 am

Stop bashing United here! The man could have looked like he had been taking a nap or had just fallen asleep, but not this time! Do you expect crew members to check every passenger that sleeps on a flight to see if they're dead or not? Rubbish!
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 8:30 am

Chiawei:

Close minded people like your self are what is starting to turn me away from this forum.

Just face the fact, some one sleeping in a chair would look like someone who had passed away. I would doubt that any line walks around in the middle of the night going "shake shake, just making sure you were asleep sir and hadn't popped off!"

People in coffins don't look dead, they just look asleep!

Jase
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 8:35 am

If you don't like what other people have to say, then stay away. this is a free forum. it is because of close-minded person like you that does not listen to complaints resulting in today's cattle car mentality.

If a fellow pax already notice something is wrong, wouldn't be a courtesy for any attendant to check out.

Also, even during sleep, a person still breathes and have some small movement. Unless the guy is a statue or dead in this case, it is not difficult to see what is going on.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 9:00 am

Sure, maybe complain once, but do you REALLY have to complain FOUR times in one post about United?

 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 9:07 am

Ok everyone,

None of us really knows what happened on this flight. That is given. The passenger died, that's all we know right now, the rest is speculation. Economy class syndrome happens on a lot of airlines. I'm sure that it has happened on EVA or Singapore as well. For all we know, this person may have died of a drug overdose.

Next, in the US, you can be suied for every little thing. If the attendant touches this man in anyway, it can be taken as battery. The person looked like he was sleeping, so they made an assumption. Sometimes things go wrong. This was one of those things. Also, these kinds of incedents happens a lot. Babies get born, passengers die, fires start, its all part of daily life. This is a sad incedent that happened, but I would not call it United's fault.

Next, regarding UA's coach seats, I agree that they are cramped compared to the 777, and the legroom is a lot less less than a 777. Simply, get up and walk around for a while. They are not that bad.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 9:23 am

ILUV767


Well, said

I go back to my corner now and get off my soap box

 Wink/being sarcastic

Jase
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 10:12 am

This cant be UAL, can it? I mean, I cant believe they would do something like this! !!!!!!!NOT!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome to Untied Airlines.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 11:01 am

Chiawei, you would actually be surprised to see the amount of passengers who actually do fall asleep, and REMAIN asleep until well after landing. Should a flight attendant be worried about a passenger never waking up? Why bother the sleeping passenger...he's not doing any harm...just make sure to wake him off by the time you (as a FA) deplane.

Furthermore, with your snotty comment about "This goes to show that how UA does not care about their pax", might I remind you that, THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS WHO WERE ON THAT FLIGHT ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO FLY FOR SINAGPORE AND CATHAY...that's right...the only FA's on that flight are from Hong Kong and Singapore...hard to believe one of your "Singapore Girls" could be like that...

Finally, are you really that stupid to believe that a flight attendant would leave a passenger DYING in their seat, especially if they could have done something to help them!? Hell no...

Get your head checked...

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 11:14 am

Some people seem to be missing an important point. Kelvin Chan rights "The passenger said he told a flight attendant about the 51- year-old American man, but she didn't immediately check on him, instead helping others disembark from the plane, the paper said." It is obvious from this sentence that the passenger alerted a flight attendent of the man (for all we know the passenger may have just told the FA that the man didn't wake up on landing) AFTER they had landed. Obviously the FA was not aware that it was an emergency and ANY flight attendant would wait until after unloading the plane before waking a sleeping passenger (especially with all the commotion). And as many have stated above, a dead man looks as if he was sleeping and no flight attendant wakes a sleeping man...if they did, many would be angry. Not trying to defend North American airlines, just trying to remind all of an important point.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 11:40 am

FLY777UAL,

thank you. Isn't it weird how many people love to blame United? Sucks huh?
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 11:47 am

I agree with Fly777ual, ILUV767, and Jase. BTW, if the passenger who told the FA was aware of the death or problem, wouldn't he/she yell at someone for help, not walk calmly up to an FA and say, "Oh, uh, um, that uh, that uh, man over, over there didn't wake up." Should the FA automatically know it was an emergency?! Give me a break! United is a great airline, some people just can't resect American carriers.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 12:00 pm

Boeing747-400,

Well said
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 12:04 pm

Personally, I wish the F/As would wake you up before the landing. The one time I was asleep, the landing scared the hell outa me! I agree, though, to blame the airline for this is ridiculous.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 12:04 pm

The airlines need to adjust the economy seating with more leg room to prevent this from happening, PEOPLE ARE DYING!

Rgds,
Early Air
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 12:11 pm

Deep Vein Thrombosis has nothing to do with the seat pitch at all, but rather poor circulation due to long periods of inactivity. In addition, United is currently expanding their Economy Plus to their international fleet, providing over 30% of their Economy passengers on each flight legroom upwards of 36"...oftentimes, two inches more than American.

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 1:09 pm

water's wet, the sky is blue, and people die.

no one knows why this person died, yet, so all you fools can stop blaming United cause you really don't know.

Do you all blame United for my grandma who died of cancer? Because she flew united 1 week before she died. So it must be Uniteds fault right.  Insane

OUT!

 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 1:15 pm

Wasnt there anyone sitting near him that realized something was wrong? Like when he didnt move after awhile? Did people climb over him to get off teh plane etc? Really strange
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 2:14 pm

IF the guy was dead,,, do you think the f/a's could of done anything?
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 2:30 pm

AKDan really hit the nail on the head. I mean, the article DOES imply that a passenger alerted the F/A during disembarkation from the aircraft. The F/A obviously was under the impression that the man was simply asleep.

A UA 747 typically seats how many? 380? 300? Well, whatever the configuration, that's A LOT OF DAMN PEOPLE, so how the f#%ck would the F/A be able to determine if a particular "sleeping" passenger is really dead? There are ALWAYS dozens of pax on transpacific that are aslieep at any given time. Right?

Chiawei, it's your call, but if I were you, I'd try to exercise a little common sense before posting dumb crap like that.

That way you wouldn't look so much like a retard that hates U.S. air carriers.

 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:06 pm

I think that mech@lax said it very well. He has a point. Everyone has this need to blame others for their problems. If someone dies...it must be someone elses fault. If I were on a long transpacific flight, and I died, oh well then it must be United's fault...THATS A BUNCH OF SHIT! As I said before, you dont know why this person died. It may have been because of Economy class syndrome, but, it is preventable, if you get up and walk around. So, its the deads persons fault...Not United.

BTW: I was on a 744 flight a while back, and there was a passenger who passed out, well the flight attendants were very attenative and made sure that he was ok before begining their service. That goes to show you that UA flight attendants care, also, imagine being the purser on a flight, where a passenger dies. That would create a lot more paperwork.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:45 pm

The man gets on the plane alive, and gets off the plane dead. This is one interesting case.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 5:17 pm

Chaiwei,
My, my, why are you such a flight attendant basher. I take it you must be one of those passengers that I sometimes have the misfortune of having to serve on board, you know the type... the seats are small, I hate the food, this airlines sucks, you are my slave today because I bought a sell-off ticket and I am going to make you pay for the fact that I am sitting in ecomomy, I hate my life, I hate my job blah blah blah blah. Oh yes, I meet your type all of the time. You all have the same M.O. - and it's always the "flight attendants fault" Well, none of it is the flight attendants fault especially that someone died!
I think are swimming in waters that you know nothing about. Flight attendants are trained professionals, we are not doctors however, it is our responsibility to our passengers to ensure their saftey is first and foremost and this includes any medical emergencies we that we are actively aware of. In addition, who knows why the person died, what past medical history did they have? how old was the person? Is the posting is even true? Where is the link that states this? Where is the proof? As far as I am concerned, it is nothing more than unfounded heresay, combined with some ignorant responses. Who knows, a flight attendant may be the one saving YOUR LIFE one day!
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 6:24 pm

DVT is just the latest media hype, after it being proven that cell phone usage does not cause brain cancer. And Chia, just knock it off. If you don't like the economy seat pitch, dish up the $ for a business class ticket. You are not entitled to first class service and a drit cheap fare. Hey, pony up full fare, and get Y+ for that matter. You get what you pay for.
 
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Chiawei

Fri Feb 23, 2001 6:29 pm

SQ and UA are much different carriers, and Yes people on board SQ have died before!! Maybe this was due to the FA's not walking around?? Give me a break!
You serously need concilling. And don't come on this forum thinking that all Asian airlines are better than USA airlines. That is a CROCK!!

We all know that Asian Carriers base themselves around Service and not Safety!

FA's are there to Safe your arse NOT Kiss it as your stateing.
Would you rather have a FA who is attentive or a FA who is very tired from serving you drinks every 10-20mins?? I know what one i would choose.

And anyway when i travelled SQ the FA's dissappeared for about 1/2 the flight not to be seen!! Not even on their Jumpseats where UA and other carriers FA's usually are Resting.

Cheers
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 6:34 pm

Can I just second the point made by several of our members that 'Economy Class Syndrome' is a misleading title. DVT affects people in Biz/1st class, it affects people on buses, at their desks, in bed - in fact anywhere where they are not exercising their muscles and increasing blood flow. Inactivity is the threat, not what type of seat you are in!

With regards to the UA incident, it is obvious that however this passenger died, it was probably in his sleep. Don't you think that if he had been awake and aware of his symptoms he might possibly have alerted others to his ordeal?!!? As this was not the case, I don't really think the F/As can be blamed.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Fri Feb 23, 2001 9:22 pm

I once flew Virgin from JFK to LHR. It was a flight that departed at about midnight. This meant that most passengers went straight to sleep. Good old Virgin made sure everyone was woken so that they could be asked "Chicken or Beef ?". Then about 1 hour later for "Would you like a drink sir?". Then in the morning for "Breakfast sir ?". I wasn't very pleased. So some airlines do wake passngers.

On a slight tangent, I read a story of a guy who died on the London Undergound Circle Line and he just went round and round all day until they took the train back to the depot at night. He'd been dead for 16 hours and non of the other passengers had said anything.

 
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RE: Chiawei

Sat Feb 24, 2001 2:40 am

Dear Mikey,

I would really like to see some evidence behind your claim.

1. Asian carrier not focus on safety? Yes there are unsafe Asian and European out there. But not all US carrier are that safe either. AA has lost a 757 in cali and a MD-80 since 1990. So is AA as safe airline? Airline like CX has not lost an aircraft in ages. So what is your point?

2. People have died on other airlines before, but when a fellow pax asked attendant to check out, something should have been done.

3. I am sorry, but many flights that I had on UA, the attendant are nowhere to be seen. I think I have more flights across the belt than you did. So don't sit there and claim that F/A are sitting in the jump seat.

The truth is that every 10-25 minutes i can see F/A walking down the aisle and attending to the pax.

I do not see same effort extend to pax on US carriers. It is fine for a domestic run, but not on a 13+hour run to pacific.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Sat Feb 24, 2001 3:45 am

Boeing747-400,


You are right! How the hell would someone know whether a person has fallen asleep or have died!!!!!!!!

Besides, it is the 'blood flow' which courses DVT, not the seat you sitting on!

Just my 2 cents!


Des
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Sat Feb 24, 2001 4:08 am

The article states: "The passenger said he told a flight attendant about the 51- year-old American man."

My question is: Did the passenger say to the FA that this person had DIED? Or just wasn't moving? Or what?

There's alot of things we don't know about this case. To immediately blame the FA or United as Chiawei has done is downright wrong.
 
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Sat Feb 24, 2001 4:34 am

Ouch... I just got off Delta flight 465 from MEX to LAX and my leg kinda hurts. I think I'm going to sue Delta.

DeltaSFO
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Sat Feb 24, 2001 11:30 am

Pretty funny Delta..

Chiawei i didnot say that AA or any American carriers were more safe than Asian airlines. I said that most American Carriers base themselves around safety first and then Service. Not like most Asian carriers.

Also i know that they do lack in the service industry compared to NZ Asia and Australia, but that is the way it is. If you donot like the service then don't fly them and fly Eva Air. Who may i add is a very good airline!

I have flown UA twice. Mind you it was only a 4 Hour flight so i can not really Comment on the Long Haul situation But the FA's were much more attentive and Came around often but not Every 10-20mins!! FA's are very busy people. They have to work in the galley, clean up, do paperwork and also Attend to passengers! UA is a great airline, But i must add their Seat pitch is ver, very bad!! The really need to do something about it!!

Cheers
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Sat Feb 24, 2001 12:45 pm

I don't see what the big deal is! Someone could die in thier sleep and not make a sound or move.I don't see that this is United's fault......
Just what I think........

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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Sat Feb 24, 2001 1:01 pm

People are dying to fly nowadays...
Condolences to his family and friends, but if i lawsuit goes out to the airline then I am pissing on our constitution (Yes the American one)
becasue suing for everything is damn nuts.

"DOH"
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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Mon Feb 26, 2001 8:19 pm

There was a little more info on this story from the Associated Press:

Passenger Death Goes Unnoticed

— A United Airlines passenger died flying from Hong Kong to Singapore but flight attendants didn't notice until after the plane had landed and they tried to wake him, the carrier said today.

The man was a U.S. citizen who lived in the United States but neither United Airlines nor the U.S. Embassy in Singapore would release his identity or hometown, citing airline policy and privacy rules.

The South China Morning Post said the man was from New Jersey but gave no identity or hometown.

Passengers Noticed After Plane Landed

The South China Morning Post reported the man died Friday and was first noticed to be unconscious by the passenger sitting behind him in economy class on Fight UA1, which goes from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and then to Singapore.

"As we all got up to get off the plane, I looked down on him and he was slumped over and looked really asleep," the newspaper quoted the passenger as saying.

"I punched him in the arm a few times but he didn't move," said the passenger, who was not identified by the newspaper.

The newspaper quoted the passenger as saying he told a flight attendant that the man near him was unconscious but she had not checked on the man by the time the seats in that part of the jet were clearing out.

An 'Unfortunate Incident' Says United

United issued a terse statement on the "unfortunate incident" on Flight UA1.

"Upon arrival in Singapore, United's flight crew was made aware of a customer who was not responding to attempts to wake him," United said. "Flight attendants tried in vain to wake the passenger, and then acted quickly to contact local medical personnel as additional United crew members tried to revive the customer."

United said its staff had "acted professionally and in accordance with local and airline regulations."

The passenger who spoke to the South China Morning Post said that before the man died, he had gotten up several times during the three and a-half hour flight.

"He was kind of overweight and he didn't look so good," the man was quoted as saying. "He had wide eyes and was almost ashen-faced. He was sweating a lot and I thought he might have had a long flight from Los Angeles or maybe he'd drunk too much."

At the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, spokesman Thomas Gradisher confirmed a U.S. citizen who was about 50 died on the flight.

An autopsy has been performed, but results were not yet available and the body was returned to the United States early this week, Gradisher said.

Copyright © 2001 ABC News Internet Ventures.

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RE: Man Dies On UA Flight, Crew Never Noticed

Mon Feb 26, 2001 9:24 pm

Well said R347216!!!

Thanks for the additional info Lone Star Mike!

Cheers.

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