An EasyJet passenger died on a flight from London to Malaga earlier this week. The woman has been named as 64-year-old Ann Rudkin, who is reported to have passed away as the flight landed in Spain. According to an eyewitness account, Rudkin was suffering from a severe chest infection when she died.
An EasyJet passenger died on a flight from London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW) to the Spanish city of Malaga earlier this week, Mirror.co.uk reports. The woman, who has been named as 64-year-old Ann Rudkin, is reported to have passed away upon landing in Spain.
The incident took place on March 4th onboard EasyJet Flight 8609.
It is reported that Ms.Rudkin was suffering from what MailOnline describes as a “severe chest infection” that she had contracted while on a cruise in the Caribbean.
Jacob Rodgers, another passenger on the same flight, interacted with Ms. Rudkin prior to her death and was seated near her on the flight.
“I met Ann in special assistance in a wheelchair as I was needed help with my broken foot. She had a severe chest infection and said she’d just flown into Gatwick at around 4:30 am from a Caribbean cruise. She said she picked up the illness on the boat,” he explained to the latter outlet.
Rodgers added, “When we boarded the plane we asked her if she wanted window or aisle she said window in case she wanted to sleep. She’d been vomiting water and couldn’t keep anything down the last two days and she had caught a terrible chest infection on the previous flight.”
Rodgers, who was traveling with his girlfriend, observed that Ms. Rudkin’s breathing was labored during the flight.
As the plane landed, it became apparent that Ms. Rudkin had died. Despite the couple urgently summoning cabin crew for assistance, staff were unable to revive the passenger.
Adding her comments, Jessica, Rodgers’s girlfriend, said, “We do not know if her death was avoidable or not but the lack of care from EasyJet were worrying, to say the least especially as she had identified her chest infection to at least five points of contact of the airport staff and members of the cabin crew when boarding.”
A spokesperson for EasyJet confirmed the incident, saying, “The cabin crew assisted by doctors onboard provided first aid and on arrival emergency services attended to provide medical care however the passenger sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the passenger and we have offered support and assistance at this difficult time.”
The added, “Our ground staff and crew will not allow any passenger to travel should they believe they are unwell and unfit to travel.”