United Airlines Flight 591 departed from Orlando to Los Angeles on December 14. The flight was transferred to New Orleans due to an emergency medical accident involving a heart attack.
The man died in the hospital.
Last week, a report from the Coroner’s Office of Jefferson Parish in Louisiana confirmed that the 69-year-old Los Angeles resident had died of COVID-19 and acute respiratory failure.
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United Airlines confirmed on December 18 that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had contacted the man about this person.
The airline said: “At the time of the diversion, we learned that he suffered a cardiac arrest, so passengers can choose to proceed with future flights or continue their travel plans.” “The CDC has now contacted us directly and we are working with the agency. Share the information needed so that they can work with local health officials to promote any customers that CDC believes may be at risk of exposure or infection.”
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Passengers on the flight said that the man’s wife told the medical staff that he tested positive for COVID-19 and showed symptoms.
United Airlines stated that passengers must prove that they do not have COVID-19 or any symptoms before boarding.
After the man got off the plane, the plane continued to fly to Los Angeles.
City News Agency contributed to this report.
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