Yasser Saleh Al Yazidi: How Gulf Air flight attendant dies of a heart attack while in the air

Yasser Saleh Al Yazidi

A flight attendant suffered a heart attack midair and died while working on a flight from Bahrain to Paris last week.

Yasser Saleh Al Yazidi, a Gulf Air flight attendant, was part of the cabin crew on aircraft GF 19, which took off from Bahrain at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Tragically, about an hour and a half into the flight, the attendant had a heart attack as the plane flew over Iraq, at an altitude of about 34,000 feet, according to the Daily Mail.

Yasser Saleh Al Yazidi: How Gulf Air flight attendant dies of a heart attack while in the air

The plane made an emergency landing in the Iraqi city of Erbil so Yasser could be treated.

He was pronounced dead on arrival.

The flight was stopped at Erbil International Airport for almost four hours before passengers were able to continue their journey to Paris.

“The national airline extends its heartfelt sympathies to the crew member’s family and loved ones, and confirms that the flight resumed to Paris as scheduled,” Gulf Air said in a statement.

Yasser Saleh Al Yazidi: How Gulf Air flight attendant dies of a heart attack while in the air
A flight attendant suffered a heart attack midair and died while working on a flight from Bahrain to Paris last week.

“Gulf Air promises that the safety of its passengers and staff is one of its top priorities, and thanks the passengers on the affected aircraft for their patience and understanding,” the statement read.

While cabin crews are typical trained to administer basic first aid, most commercial flights are not equipped with specialized medical equipment, meaning planes must make an emergency landing when serious medical issues arise during a flight.

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