25-Year-Old Woman Dies on Plane & Frightening Questions Are Raised

window seatThere are more questions than answers now, but the heartbreaking fact is that a 25-year-old woman who was flying from Sao Paolo, Brazil, to Dallas, Texas died en route this morning. American Airlines Flight 96 made an emergency stop in Houston after she was in medical distress, and she was pronounced dead shortly after landing.

According to ABC, a physician happened to be on the flight and tried to help along with crew members to save her, but they weren't successful. Her identity hasn't been released, and all the airline is saying is that she became ill and there was no sign of trauma or any indication of foul play. International Science Times, however, questions whether it could have been a homicide as homicide detectives are involved in the case, and she was coming from Sao Paulo which is known for its deadly drug problems. That could certainly add an even more terrifying twist to this tragedy.

I'm a pretty nervous flier anyway. Mostly because I worry about things like falling from the sky to my death and terrorists, but the thought of a medical emergency (or an attempted murder!) occurring when you're unable to call 911 and thousands of feet in the air is terrifying. I know the odds are with me, and I wouldn't limit my travels because of my fears, but this case certainly puts one more what if in my mind.

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It's not the first time someone has died in flight either. In June, a woman was forced to sit next to the body of a man who died on board during a 10-hour flight.  And in September a 64-year-old woman died on a flight from Seoul, South Korea to New York. Sure death is unpredictable and can happen anywhere, but it just seems especially tragic when happens like this, and in this case to someone so young. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, and it will be interesting to see what the results reveal.

While of course our greatest sympathies are with this woman and her family, I also can't help but think how terrifying it must have been for those other passengers on the plane too. To see something like this happening in such a small, enclosed space has got to be unnerving and forever change their flying experiences.

Have you ever been on a plane when someone was in medical distress?


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notan... notanazgirl

In-flight medical emergencies happen quite frequently. As a former flight attendant, we were trained in CPR, defibrillator use, first aide, and when to recognize a heart attack, stroke, etc. We are suppose to call for a doctor or nurse on board, and if there isn't any, we have to try and keep the passenger as comfortable as possible until landing. I have seen people act selfishly and I have seen people act genuinely worried and concerned for the sick. I had to bring a guy back from a diabetic seizure once. Very scary, but when you're adrenaline is pumping, there's no stopping you from trying to save that person.  I feel bad for this poor women.  It could have been anything.

nonmember avatar c

considering all the articles i have read sofar, have all said the 25 year old, showed no signs of trauma leads me to believe that she may have died from deep vein thrombosis or something of the sort, its a very common thing when you fly, but can easily go undetected, and many people have no idea about it. shame on you all for thinking she was drug smuggling.

nonmember avatar marsy

Why everyone has the silly assumption this was a drug case??? It could have been anything else! It is more likely to be a clot than anything else. People should be careful about spreading rumors. Is that because she came from Brazil? Irresponsible comments

nonmember avatar MARSY

FOR ALL OF YOU WITH THE IRRESPONSIBLE COMMENT THAT SHE WAS INVOLVED WITH DRUGS. THIS WOMAN (WHO THE BRAZILIAN NEWSPAPER) ALREADY REVEALED THE IDENTITY WAS A STUDENT IN THE US AND A NANNHY FOR TWO CHILDREN. SHE WAS ALSO ENGAGED TO MARRY HER LONG TIME BOYFRIEND THIS NOVEMBER. READ THE FACTS BEFORE MAKING WRONGFUL ACCUSATIONS.

babyn... babynurse454

I've been on a cruise when someone died, never on a plane. It is very sad, Im wondering if she had been smuggling drugs and if they were in her stomach something broke opened?? It will be interesting to know cause of death.

Desti... Destiny907

Drug mule is the first thing I thought of too.   Very sad but it is oh so prevalant.

nonmember avatar julie

I am horrified that anyone would jump to the conclusion "from Brazil, must be a drug mule",shame on you . If she was flying from France would you you assume she was carrying too much brie?

nonmember avatar julie

Destiny907.............bet she could spell,

Ashle... AshleyB1984

They say a lot of young women are drug mules.

nonmember avatar Gessi

This is sad. Whatever the case may be, I think people saying the drug mule quote is simply because it is extremely rare for any healthy young person(25!) to just die, clot or not, it's very rare, unless theres a severe medical condition that isn't known. The resuts will reveal all and we'll know.

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