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Aviation => Aviation Accidents/Incidents => Topic started by: KB4TEZ on March 05, 2021, 07:13:04 AM

Title: Delta Plane Diverts over California after Passenger Dies Mid-flight
Post by: KB4TEZ on March 05, 2021, 07:13:04 AM

The Airbus A319 jet was en route from San Jose del Cabo to Seattle when it diverted shortly after 6pm local time.Flight DL1837 landed 20 minutes later and was met by emergency services who pronounced the passenger dead at the scene, CBS13 reported.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office told the channel it appeared the person had died of natural causes.
At around 7.40 p.m. the aircraft departed Sacramento for Seattle, landing around an hour-and-twenty-minutes later.
Pilots can request a priority landing slot if there is an onboard emergency such as a severe illness or death.
Planes flying a direct route between Cabo and Seattle come close to overflying Sacramento, making it an obvious diversion point.
Airliners having to divert also favour larger airports with the facilities to handle a medical emergency, such as a nearby hospital and sufficient airport emergency services.