|American Airlines Flight Attendant Died Suddenly During Flight. Photo: American Airlines|
A veteran American Airlines flight attendant passed away at the age of 61 suddenly during a flight from Indianapolis to Dallas. He was working alongside his wife on the same flight.
Flight attendant Joe Tormes had spent 20 years working for American Airlines, according to officials at the airline and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. The airline and the association jointly confirmed this news in a letter.
American Airlines spokesperson Ross Feinstein said Tormes and his wife were working Flight 1296 from Indianapolis to Dallas when he fell ill.
|Flight 1296 was being operated by an Airbus A319. Photo: Flickr|
The Flight 1296 was being operated by an Airbus A319. After the incident, the aircraft diverted to St. Louis for the medical emergency. This route was earlier operated by a Boeing 737.
Regarding the incident, American Airlines and the Association of Professional Flight said:
“It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing of Joe Tormes, St. Louis-based flight attendant, on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Joe and his wife Elsa Jett-Tormes were working a flight together when Joe passed away. Joe flew with American for 20 years.”
|Other flight attendants performed CPR for over 20 minutes. Photo: American Airlines|
According to sources, other flight attendants and a healthcare worker travelling on the flight performed CPR on Joe for over 20 minutes.
After the situation started to worsen, the pilots declared a medical emergency and the flight diverted to St. Louis Lambert International Airport where it was met by emergency medical services.
The flight bound for Dallas was recrewed in St. Louis with new flight attendants and the aircraft departed for Dallas several hours later that afternoon.
|The flight was recrewed in St. Louis. Photo: Getty Images|
The aircraft finally arrived in Dallas at 15:26 local time, after six hours of the scheduled arrival time, after it left St. Louis at 13:54 local time.
The Airbus A319-100, with registration N757UW which was operating Flight AA1296 was delivered delivered to US Airways, back in October, 2000 and is currently 19.8 years old.
In the letter American Airlines said the couple have a son, Brandon Jett and that American and APFA is working “directly with the family to support their needs.”
|American Airlines expressed gratitude to its team at St. Louis. Photo: American Airlines|
It also expressed gratitude to the Airport Customer Service and Flight operations teams at St. Louis Airport for their support for Jett and our customers on board the flight.
The cause of death was not disclosed by American Airlines or the APFA. However, it is reported that the cause of the death was the result of heart attack.
Article sources: USA Today