Passenger dies on Lufthansa flight from Germany to Houston

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed

Helen Coffey
Wednesday 17 April 2019 12:29 BST
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A passenger on a Lufthansa flight has died.

The unnamed passenger passed away during an 11-hour flight from Frankfurt, Germany, to Houston in Texas.

The passenger’s name and cause of death were not immediately released.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport staff took a call about the passenger’s death at around 1.30pm on Tuesday 18 April, a Houston Airports spokesperson told KTRK-TV.

“As is normal procedure, upon arrival, all passengers must remain onboard while the local authorities and police complete their job,” said Lufthansa in a statement.

“A delay to de-board LH 440 was expected and so therefore the LH 441 (Houston-Frankfurt) departure was pushed back to one hour later.”

Flight LH440 took off from Frankfurt at 10am and landed in Houston just before 2pm.

Investigations into the cause of death are ongoing.

An elderly passenger died onboard a transatlantic flight from Germany to New York in February.

United Airlines flight UA961 was around two hours into its journey to Newark airport from Frankfurt when the 71-year-old woman suffered breathing problems.

Other passengers began performing CPR on the woman, according to the Irish Sun, and an onboard defibrillator was also used.

She was believed to have suffered a heart attack.

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