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Plane forced to make emergency landing after passenger 'doesn't wake up'

Forty minutes before the flight was due to land flight attendants started running towards the 44-year-old passenger.

A witness has recounted the emotional moment flight attendants tried to resuscitate a male passenger mid-air after he failed to "wake up".

Forty minutes before the Jet2 flight was meant to land in Scotland from Turkey on Tuesday, the passenger told the Daily Record "cabin crew start running toward the seats behind (them)".

"A man had been pulled into the aisle and they were trying to give him mouth-to-mouth," they told the publication. "The pilot came to inform us we were going to have to do an emergency landing due to a medical incident on board."

A generic photo of the inside of a plane with passengers.
Flight attendants scrambled to try and resuscitate a 44-year-old man on the Jet2 flight from Antalya to Glasgow. Source: Getty

"People were crying and really shaken up" as flight attendants tried to resuscitate the man on board while the plane made a priority landing at Glasgow.

"It was really sad," the passenger told the Daily Record. "Everyone on the plane was really upset but the staff at Jet2 were so professional and respectful during the incident.”

Man given CPR for 40 minutes

The 44-year-old man, who was travelling alone, reportedly had CPR performed on him for 40 minutes, but tragically passed away.

The CPR continued when the plane landed in the evening, with paramedics coming on board as well and passengers having to stay in their seats for another 30 minutes.

In a statement, police said they were made aware of the incident when the plane landed. “We were made aware around 7.20pm on Tuesday of a 44-year-old man taken unwell on board a flight which had arrived at Glasgow Airport," The Sun reports.

“The man was pronounced dead a short time later. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

A Jet2 spokesperson also confirmed the passing of the passenger on Flight LS110 from Antalya to Glasgow and expressed their condolences. “Our thoughts are with the customer’s family and friends at this very difficult time," the airline said to media.

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