When passengers become patients

Emirates Airbus A380
An ambulance crew meets an Emirates A380 on the ground at Moscow/Domodedovo Vladimir Gerdo\TASS via Getty Images

Once upon a time, a traveller suffering from an abrupt loss of heart function while flying would often be in trouble. The passenger-turned-patient could typically expect to receive basic first aid from the flight crew, followed by an expedited landing at a nearby airfield and prompt attention from ground-based medics.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below