Houston’s ABC13 has reported that an Emirates passenger died on Thursday just after her flight from New York landed in Dubai. The female traveler has been named as 40-year-old Brandi Hodges, who was traveling from New York to the United Arab Emirates’ largest city.
Hodges’ cousin, Gloria Ray-Banks, spoke to the outlet about the incident. Ray-Banks’s sister had been traveling with Hodges at the time of her death and had phoned Ray-Banks just after Emirates Flight 204 arrived at Dubai International Airport (DXB) earlier this week.
“My sister called me at approximately 1:30 this morning. She called and started crying hysterically and I said, ‘What’s wrong?‘,” she said.
Her sister then explained how Hodges had said that she had felt unwell as they were disembarking from the flight. After Hodges fainted, medical help was summoned and she was given ice and oxygen but fainted again.
Hodges was then put into an ambulance at Dubai International Airport which reportedly did not ever leave the facility.
Ray-Banks explained that, “After so many minutes and they didn’t pull off, my sister looked back to see why they had not left. Brandi wasn’t back there.”
Rather than being taken to a local hospital, Hodges was put in a medical room in the airport. A defibrillator was used in an unsuccessful attempt to revive her.
Speaking of her cousin, Ray-Banks says that, “She travels all the time.” The cause of death has not yet been ascertained and Ray-Banks has confirmed that she is in the process of attempting to repatriate the body of her cousin, who was from Chicago, back to the U.S.
In an official statement quoted by the outlet, Emirates said, “Emirates can confirm that ground staff in Dubai contacted medical emergency services at Dubai Airport (DXB) to assist a passenger disembarking from EK204 on 06 June. The passenger, unfortunately, passed away. Emirates offers its condolences to the passenger’s family and is providing them with assistance.”
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