Death in Flight : 70 year old man had sudden death after dislodged denture chokes his windpipe

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New Delhi: In a shocking incident, a 70 year old man died while flying Mumbai-Amritsar SpiceJet flight due to suffocation and dire situation in midair. The flight had to be diverted to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and the passenger was rushed to a clinic at the airport, but he could not survive.

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His lower jaw and denture got dislodged in mid-air during the flight hours, as it got stuck in a throat, his windpipe was choked due to which his death suddenly occurred.

“Due to a blocked airway, the passenger couldn’t breathe. His body had turned blue depicting lack of oxygen,” said Dr Prabhanjan Shakunt, medical officer, Medanta’s airport clinic, reports Hindustan Times.

The medical officer further said his heart had already stopped by the time he was brought to the hospital and CPR was performed on the patient for an hour but that didn’t revive him.

The incident took place on November 30 on Spicejet flight SG 438 from Mumbai to Amritsar that had 176 passengers on board. The passenger, a native of Jalandhar, was travelling with his wife and son, police said.

“The fight landed at T-1 in a medical emergency. Medanta Hospital gave him first aid but he could not survive. We have initiated the inquest proceeding,” DCP (airport) Sanjay Bhatia said.

SpiceJet spokesperson in a statement said “SG 438 had experienced a medical emergency during cruise. The patient was attended by cabin crew and passenger doctors. Considering the condition of the patient and as advised by the passenger doctors, the crew diverted to Delhi. After landing, the patient was attended by doctor and ambulance and was escorted, along with family members to Medanta clinic,”

Sources Hindustan Times

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