Plane passenger ‘sweating with Covid symptoms’ dies during emergency landing

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A man said to be "shaking and sweating" with coronavirus symptoms died during an emergency plane landing.

The United Airlines plane took off from Orlando, Florida, on Monday, December 14, and was bound for Los Angeles.

The unnamed passenger was pronounced dead after the captain was forced to land in New Orleans, Louisiana.

They suffered a cardiac arrest, according to United Airlines.

A number of attempts were made to save the man's life by medics onboard, who performed CPR.

Speaking to MailOnline, one passenger claimed the victim's wife said he had been showing symptoms the past week – and that she suspected it was coronavirus.

Following the emergency landing, the other passengers had to stay on the same flight to LA – and say they weren't offered another option.

The Centers for Disease, Control, and Prevention (CDC) is now rushing to track down all 179 passengers of the flight.

Passengers said the man was presenting coronavirus symptoms and was allowed to board the flight.

One said: "Can I ask how you guys let a Covid positive man on my flight last night?

"He was shaking and sweating boarding the plane. He was clearly sick and then died mid-flight.

"We had an emergency landing in New Orleans and we didn't even switch planes afterwards."

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On Friday, December 18, the airline stated they were trying to trace those on the flight.

Another passenger by the name of Shay wrote an angry message on Twitter, which read: "United, why did you never check our temperatures before boarding?

"The family of the man, why didn’t you go to the hospital or not let your husband get on the flight feeling like that?"

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United Airlines said the victim had filled out a form before boarding saying he had not tested positive for Covid-19 and had no symptoms of the disease.

"It is apparent the passenger wrongly acknowledged this requirement," the company said.

United said the CDC did not specify the man's cause of death and the airline does not know whether the victim died from Covid-19.

However, United Airlines said that the man's wife was overheard telling the emergency medical technician that he had shown symptoms of the virus including loss of smell and taste.

Taylor Garland, a spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants, said all flight attendants on board United 591 are in quarantine for two weeks and have been since the plane landed in LA.

United Airlines issued the following statement: "Our flight diverted to New Orleans due to a medical emergency and paramedics transported the passenger to a local hospital where the individual was pronounced deceased. We have been in touch with his family and have extended our sincerest condolences to them for their loss.

"At the time of the diversion, we were informed he had suffered a cardiac arrest, so passengers were given the option to take a later flight or continue on with their travel plans.

"Now that the CDC has contacted us directly, we are sharing requested information with the agency so they can work with local health officials to conduct outreach to any customer the CDC believes may be at risk for possible exposure or infection.

"The health and safety of our employees and customers is our highest priority, which is why we have various policies and procedures in place such as mask mandates and requiring customers to complete a ‘Ready-to-Fly’ checklist before the flight acknowledging they have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days and do not have COVID-related symptoms."

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