more about http://cms.prometeusz.info/components/com_k2/templates/default/item_comments_form.php geneva;”>Sections of the media recently reported that Kenya Airways partially reimbursed a Swedish woman after she was forced to sit through a 10-hour flight to Dar es Salaam, http://collegenotester.com/applications/vanilla/views/view.php Tanzania, next to a passenger who died during the flight.
According to the Swedish website The Expressen, Lena Pettersson, a reporter for Radio Sweden, was traveling with a friend.
She boarded a Dar es Salaam-bound Kenya Airways flight during a stopover at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.
There was a fellow passenger on the flight in his 30s who appeared very ill.
The flight attendants were aware of the situation but they allowed the plane to take off with the man on board.
After the plane took off, flight attendants put out a call to passengers asking whether there was any one aboard with any medical experience who might be able to help.
Some of the passengers responded and with the help of the cabin crew, they began performing a cardiac massage on the man.
But soon the man died.
While flight attendants moved other people who were seated next to the dead man, Digital journal reported, they could not find an alternative seat for Pettersson thus compelling her to sit across the aisle from the corpse for the rest of the 10-hr trip.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Kenya Airways said: “Efforts were made to move passengers from row 46 to the four empty seats in Business class that weren’t occupied.
Unfortunately two passengers across the aisle could not be moved due to the full flight.”
Below, is the full statement issued Tuesday by Kenya Airways on the shocking incident.
Kenya Airways would like to issue this clarification following reports in sections of the media that a passenger was allegedly forced to fly next to a corpse
Kenya Airways confirms that a passenger passed away on-board KQ117 from Amsterdam and below is the chronology of events:
The passenger was visibly ill on boarding the aircraft and the Cabin Crew paged for a doctor.
There were 3 doctors on board including a Dutch Medical Professor, the doctors examined the passenger, gave him treatment and certified him fit to fly.
On these instructions, the Captain then made the decision to fly with the late passenger to Nairobi.
About 2hours into the flight the Passenger condition worsened and the 3 doctors again checked on him and advised the captain to land at the nearest airport.
The Captain immediately made arrangements to divert and make an emergency landing in Rome or Cairo.
Unfortunately the passenger passed away while the landing arrangements were being made.
The Captain followed the laid down procedures as per the company’s policy. He informed all the relevant authorities as per the Kenya Civil Aviation regulations.
The cabin crew moved passengers from row 46 where the body was to make space as per the Company policy.
The aircraft Boeing 777 was full, 24 passengers in Business and 296 passengers.
Efforts were made to move passengers from row 46 to the four empty seats in Business class that weren’t occupied.
Unfortunately two passengers across the aisle could not be moved due to the full flight.
We wish to point out that Kenya Airways upholds the highest standards in all operations and crew adhere to all procedures relating to such occurrences on board, indeed the three medical doctors on board were full of praise for the professionalism, compassion and understanding displayed by the cabin crew.