Published on : Wednesday, January 9, 2019
It took 2 hours to remove a deceased individual from Air New Zealand aircraft, leaving it grounded all along. The delay included bringing the wrong-sized steps to the plane for paramedics to get onboard.
After departing from Hong Kong en route to Auckland, New Zealand, the flight diverted to Cairns, Australia after a male passenger died onboard.
The deceased passenger was a male in his 60s who was a diabetic and had forgotten to bring insulin. About 60 minutes into the 10-hour flight, an airline staff asked for medical help over plane’s speakers. A doctor attended to the passenger and tried to revive him. The onboard defibrillator and the oxygen mask were used.
When the plane landed in Cairns there was no ground crew available to remove the body. The pilot apparently didn’t want passengers to use an air bridge as it would allow them to see the dead body. The stairs were brought but that was too small. Finally the paramedics resorted to climbing into the aircraft from the top of the stairs in order to attend to the passenger.
After leaving Cairns, the aircraft flew to Auckland, arriving about two hours after its scheduled arrival time.