Ryanair passenger dies of heart attack at 35,000 feet despite bid to save him

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An elderly man tragically died from a suspected heart attack at 35,000ft in the air on a Ryanair flight to Spain.

The incident happened on flight FR3232 from Manchester to Malaga last Friday afternoon, leaving fellow passengers shocked.

Around an hour into the journey to Spain an 84-year-old man became unresponsive, eyewitness Emma Gaskell told the Manchester Evening News.

Staff did their best to start first aid and then asked for anyone on board with a medical background to come forward.

Emma, a medical trainer, and a nurse responded and found that the man had no pulse.

The two passengers and a Ryanair crew member performed CPR for 25 minutes and used a defibrillator machine as the captain made an emergency landing in Nantes, France.

The two passengers and a Ryanair crew member performed CPR for 25 minutes and used a defibrillator machine as the captain made an emergency landing in Nantes, France.

But Emma says French paramedics later confirmed the man had died.

"Paramedics came and took him off the plane and they were another 15 minutes but he didn't make it," she said.

"The crew were a bit shaken and needed some time. "

It is believed the man was from the Manchester area and was travelling with his family including his son and grandchildren.

Emma praised Ryanair staff for their handling of the situation and for having a defibrillator on board.

The flight eventually continued to Malaga arriving at around 3am on Saturday.

"The defib is generally very successful," said Emma.

"Sadly on this occasion it wasn't a good ending but in a different situation it could have saved someone.

"You don't know when something like that could happen and I think it's important to raise awareness.

"The Ryanair staff were really, really good.

"I'm glad I could help – everybody just did their best."

A Ryanair spokesperson said: "Ryanair extends its deepest sympathies to the bereaved and is providing any assistance required."

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