Man Dies On Flight Despite CPR Efforts From Passengers: How Did He Die?

By Staff Reporter on February 12, 2013 5:08 PM EST

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A passenger on United Flight 5596 died in midair. Passengers attempted to resuscitate the middle-aged man. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A man died on a flight from Denver to Salt Lake City today after fellow passengers performed CPR in great effort to revive him.

According to United Airlines spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm, passengers on United Flight 5596 noticed the man snored loudly from his seat while napping nearly 30 minutes before the flight reached its destination. After a while, the man quieted and fellow passengers assumed the man simply found a more comfortable position to sleep.

However, the man did not wake when the plane landed and passengers grew concerned. Jared Noall, a combet medic with the Army Reserve, was a passenger on board Flight 5596 and was involved in the passenger's resuscitation efforts. Noall performed CPR until medical responders arrived on the plane.

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"You could tell something was wrong. I asked, 'Hey, sir, are you awake?' I shook him a bit, trying to see if I could get a response out of him. We checked his throat for a pulse, and it wasn't there, so we laid him down in the aisle and start CPR."

While the strong snores and the following silence suggests the passenger likely suffered respiratory complications, authorities have yet to confirm the cause of the passenger's death.

Passengers spent nearly 30 minutes in an attempt to revive the man. Unfortunately, the passenger was pronounced dead a short time after paramedics arrived.

United Airlines has refrained from disclosing the name of the dead passengers. Passengers reporte the man is betwee 30 and 40-years-old.

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