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Old 26th Jan 2019, 12:23
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Hawaiian Airlines diverts due to a flight attendant dying...

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York City was diverted to San Francisco after a male flight attendant died of an apparent heart attack, officials said Friday.

Hawaiian Airlines Flight 50 landed Thursday night after a crew member had "a suspected heart attack," San Francisco airport spokesman Doug Yakel said.

Medical personnel attempted CPR during the flight but suspended those efforts prior to landing. The San Mateo County coroner declared the crew member dead on arrival, Yakel said.

Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Ann Botticelli said Emile Griffith had been with the company for 31 years.

"Emile both loved and treasured his job at Hawaiian and always shared that with our guests," Botticelli said in a statement.

The airline has made counseling available for Griffith's colleagues, she said.

The plane was carrying 253 passengers and 12 crewmembers when it departed Honolulu on Thursday.

The passengers who landed in San Francisco five hours after takeoff were put on other flights, Yakel said.

Andrea Bartz, who was on the flight to John F. Kennedy Airport, said on Twitter that the crew made an announcement asking for a doctor to go to first class and help with a medical emergency.

Bartz tweeted that "many doctors came forward" and that police officers came on board after the plane landed.

Bartz declined to be interviewed. But she and another passenger complained on Twitter that the airline played ukulele music during the emergency.

"Hawaiian Airlines is still playing the ukulele/traditional singing soundtrack meant for boarding and deplaning, and I'll tell ya, it's not making anyone calmer," she tweeted.

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Old 26th Jan 2019, 13:33
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I suspect the crew were rather preoccupied than to worry about what muzak was playing. Passengers..... sheesh.
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Old 26th Jan 2019, 13:49
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Originally Posted by Richard Taylor
I suspect the crew were rather preoccupied than to worry about what muzak was playing. Passengers..... sheesh.
More likely as an annoying distraction to keep people thinking of something else.

RIP to the crew member.
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Originally Posted by Richard Taylor
I suspect the crew were rather preoccupied than to worry about what muzak was playing. Passengers..... sheesh.

My thoughts exactly.
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Old 26th Jan 2019, 17:55
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Given the number of flight attendants in the air at any time, this is statistically likely to happen occasionally.
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Old 26th Jan 2019, 21:28
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I went to my super-secret Twitter account and was all ready to bitch slap Andrea Bartz, who in her mind is some type of famous writer (with a book to be published next month, supposedly).

But then I thought it best to save my energy for someone who had a clue.

Another day, girl...
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RIP Mr. Griffith
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Old 27th Jan 2019, 07:16
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Hawaii co-incidentally has had two CC pass away in the sky - both the crew were extremely long serving employees.

Clarabelle Lansing from Aloha 243 was lost when the 737 blew it's cabin roof over the Pacific, and this poor chap passed away also in-flight doing the job he loved....RIP Emile.
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