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Passenger Death Sees Jet Divert

The Lynden Pindling International Airport.

The Lynden Pindling International Airport.

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Senior Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

AN American Airlines plane from Puerto Rico landed at the Lynden Pindling International Airport on Monday night to disembark an elderly man who died. According to government officials, the diversion took place after the 84-year-old man experienced a medical event and became unresponsive. He was given medical assistance but died.

The Tribune was told the man will be tested for COVID-19.

There were 123 people on board the American Airlines flight.

Police asked a local funeral home to pick up the man’s body. An official at that business told The Tribune personal protective equipment was used at all times.

The plane was headed for Florida.

Comments

Amused 4 months ago

I'm pretty sure old age or a existing condition play a role in his death and not covid, but anyways. May he RIP

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ThisIsOurs 4 months ago

Possibly. Condolences to his family, but anyone crossing the border and dying on arrival should be tested. We can't afford any holes in protocols.

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tell_it_like_it_is 4 months ago

Yes condolences indeed. So, this elderly man was a Bahamian then? More details are needed for this story.

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Clamshell 4 months ago

If the plane took off from Puerto Rico and was bound for Florida, it’s kinda unlikely that the poor ol’ guy was Bahamian.

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stillwaters 4 months ago

Why not take him where he was headed in the first place?

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tribanon 4 months ago

Miami might have been the better option. Nassau meant certain death given that our fragile healthcare system is now totally overwhelmed thanks to Minnis and D'Aguilar.

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Proguing 4 months ago

We will do anything now to get a landing fee

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TalRussell 4 months ago

Wow oh wow! Some new tourism promo theme for comrade minister Dioniso Theodore James - It's Better in The Colony where it's now possible with no red tape, and some American cash dollars, to drop off your cargo dead bodies at any one of our many landing strips, and sea, ports of entry. Who could've made this stuff up? Just couldn't. Nod Once for Yeah, Twice for No?

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Proguing 4 months ago

Maybe it's a new tourism strategy. When the lockdown ends the family will have to fly down here for the funeral and that will fill hotel rooms.

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WETHEPEOPLE 4 months ago

The plane diverted here simply because it was the closest airport during the time of the situation onboard. Some of you need a class in senstivity.

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Socrates 4 months ago

I agree with earlier post.. if person is deceased, what is the point of landing here? A possible resurrection? I mean the person is dead.

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