EasyJet mid-air medical emergency as man tragically dies on flight to London

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    A man has tragically died onboard an EasyJet flight from Cyprus to London Gatwick Airport.

    Concern spread across the plane on Thursday afternoon (November 17) when a dark haired passenger, aged around 50, wasn't waking up.

    Urgent attempts to resuscitate the passenger using a defibrillator sadly proved unsuccessful.

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    The man appeared to be travelling alone.

    A passenger told the Daily Star they were blown away by the manner in which EasyJet crew handled the shocking incident as it unfolded.

    The witness praised a young air steward for her actions: "She's done absolutely amazingly, must be so tricky. The team handled the situation with extraordinary composure and professionalism."

    Flight EZY8454 was largely full with holidaymakers, carrying them home from some winter sun in 24C Paphos.

    It set off from the Greek island at 2.20pm local time (12.20pm GMT) and fear for the man's welfare was sparked at around 3.40pm GMT.

    EasyJet cabin crew calmly but loudly asked across the plane whether anyone on the flight was a certified doctor or paramedic.

    Two people hesitantly raised their hands to offer their help but unfortunately neither were able to offer more than the crew's first aid capabilities.

    When a passenger who claimed to be a nurse asked if he was still breathing, a visibly trembling air steward understandably told him: "We can't say anything sir."

    After a man crammed in by the window seat beside the passenger was helped out to find a new seat, a defibrillator was brought out in a bid to resuscitate him.

    A cabin crew member offered nearby passengers the opportunity to move seats.

    Once his condition was confirmed, crew proficiently set about searching for the tragic passenger's luggage

    At 4.28pm GMT, as the plane passed over Paris, France, the flight's captain confirmed there had been a "medical incident" and asked for everyone to treat the dead man with dignity.

    Passengers were held on landing at Gatwick for paramedics to board and pronounce the passenger's death.

    The Daily Star has contacted EasyJet for comment.

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