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Passenger dies on AA flight Feb 22; family claims lack of oxygen

Passenger dies on AA flight Feb 22; family claims lack of oxygen

 
Old Feb 24, 08, 8:49 pm
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Anyone on Flight #896 tonight?

Anyone on Flight #896 tonight?

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Old Feb 24, 08, 8:57 pm
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Relative Complains After Death on Flight
By RICHARD PYLE – 1 hour ago

NEW YORK (AP) — An American Airlines passenger died after a flight attendant told her he couldn't give her any oxygen and then tried to help her with faulty equipment, including an empty oxygen tank, a relative said.

The airline confirmed the flight death and said medical professionals had tried to save the passenger, Carine Desir, who was returning home to Brooklyn from Haiti.

Desir, who had heart disease, died of natural causes, medical examiner's office spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said Sunday.

Desir had complained of not feeling well and being very thirsty on the Friday flight from Port-au-Prince after she ate a meal, according to Antonio Oliver, a cousin who was traveling with her and her brother Joel Desir. A flight attendant gave her water, he said.

A few minutes later, Desir said she was having trouble breathing and asked for oxygen, but a flight attendant twice refused her request, Oliver said Sunday in a telephone interview.

After the flight attendant refused to administer oxygen to Desir, she became distressed, pleading, "Don't let me die," Oliver recalled.

Other passengers aboard Flight 896 became agitated over the situation, he said, and the flight attendant, apparently after phone consultation with the cockpit, tried to administer oxygen from a portable tank and mask, but the tank was empty.

Two doctors and two nurses were aboard and tried to administer oxygen from a second tank, which also was empty, Oliver said.

Desir was put on the floor, and a nurse tried CPR, to no avail, Oliver said. A "box," possibly a defibrillator, also was applied but didn't function effectively, he said.

"I cannot believe what is happening on the plane," he said, sobbing. "She cannot get up, and nothing on the plane works."

Oliver said he then asked for the plane to "land right away so I can get her to a hospital," and the pilot agreed to divert to Miami, 45 minutes away. But during that time, Desir died, Oliver said.

"Her last words were, 'I cannot breathe,'" he said.

Desir, 44, was pronounced dead by one of the doctors, Joel Shulkin, and the flight continued to Kennedy International Airport without stopping in Miami, with the woman's body moved to the floor of the first-class section and covered with a blanket, Oliver said.

American Airlines spokeswoman Sonja Whitemon wouldn't comment Sunday on Oliver's claims of faulty medical equipment. Shulkin, through his attorney, Justin Nadeau, declined to comment on the incident out of respect for Desir's family.

American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp. and based in Fort Worth, Texas, is the largest domestic airline.

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Old Feb 24, 08, 9:06 pm
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Probably many people, I would think.

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Old Feb 24, 08, 9:10 pm
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Judging by the seat map, earlier today. Yes there were people on that flight. And being that it was an Airbus, I would wager between 200 - 267

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Old Feb 24, 08, 9:33 pm
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This story just flashed across MSNBC @ 10:30 est
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Old Feb 24, 08, 10:34 pm
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This is awful - I think its terrible that AA is actually operating flights in 2008 where the oxygen tanks are empty???

Shame on you Arpey.....

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Originally Posted by freeupgrade View Post
Shame on you Arpey.....
Yes, I'm sure Arpey personally ordered that all the oxygen tanks be emptied.

Before jumping to conclusions, let's keep in mind that we're only getting one side of this story (from the deceased's cousin).

It's a bad enough situation as it is, there's really no need for comments such as these.

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Old Feb 24, 08, 10:44 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyerBeek View Post
Yes, I'm sure Arpey personally ordered that all the oxygen tanks be emptied.

Before jumping to conclusions, let's keep in mind that we're only getting one side of this story (from the deceased's cousin).

It's a bad enough situation as it is, there's really no need for comments such as these.

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I was waiting for one of these comments, knew there had to be one.
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Old Feb 24, 08, 10:48 pm
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Based on the story the cousin related so far ... I do have some concern about empty O2 tanks ... I'm sure there will be more news soon to come.
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Old Feb 24, 08, 10:54 pm
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Who's responsible for checking...

Anyone (maybe FAs) know when and how often the oxygen tanks are checked, as well as the medical equipment. It sounds like equipment isn't checked to be operational before every flight, but there must be some procedures for checking - but I wonder who and when?
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Old Feb 24, 08, 11:00 pm
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May I suggest this be retitled along the lines of PAX dies on AA flight. This is becoming a big story and the flight number doesn't let us know that this is the NO O2 story.
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Old Feb 24, 08, 11:01 pm
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This is a shame.
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Old Feb 24, 08, 11:06 pm
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This story was just broadcast on WABC-TV here (delayed because of the Oscars):

"Brooklyn woman dies on American Airlines flight"
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Old Feb 25, 08, 12:28 am
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Passenger dies due to lack of oxygen on AA flight Feb 24

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/25/ny...l?ref=nyregion
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Old Feb 25, 08, 12:49 am
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I'm just more curious about why a FA would turn down an o2 request from a passenger? I mean, it's not morphine that she's asking for.
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