Miami Man Dies On American Airlines Plane, Flight Diverted

NORFOLK, Va. (CBS4) — An American Airlines flight heading to Miami was diverted to Virginia after a 73-year-old male passenger died on board.

Norfolk Airport Authority executive director Wayne Shank says the New York-to-Miami flight landed at Norfolk International Airport around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The passenger had complained he wasn’t feeling well about 20 minutes after the flight took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport. Crew members’ efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Passengers were taken off the plane while police investigated and it was determined the person died of natural causes.

Shank says the state medical examiner’s office will determine what caused his death. He declined to release the man’s name, but said he was a Miami resident.

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  • WP

    My god, what if you were the person sitting next to him on the plane! I hope he didn’t suffer and am glad he passed after what appears to be a visit to NYC.

    • WP

      What I meant by that last statement was that it appears he was returning from a vacation to NYC and had an opportunity, one assumes, to visit with loved ones.

  • Me in Miami

    He may have died of hunger, as most likely his meal on board was a medical sample bag of peanuts… Most likely AA will inherit all his AA Advantage frequent traveler miles.

  • Zaida Travieso Gonzalez

    The person that passed away, was a very dear friend, and this was a very sad and difficult situation for his family and all of his firiends, He was returning from a vacation from Europe.

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