Woman dies aboard United Airlines flight from Houston to London

A passenger aboard a red-eye flight from Houston to London passed away on Wednesday morning following an apparent heart attack that likely occured somewhere over the Atlantic, officials announced.


As reported by the Mirror's Kelly-Ann Mills, the incident took place on Flight UA880 out of George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The nine-hour overnight flight took off from IAH at 4:22 p.m. CT on Tuesday and landed at London Heathrow at 7:07 a.m. local time Wednesday. According to Mills, a call was made to the London Ambulance Service at 6:33 a.m. reporting that an economy passenger had gone into cardiac arrest aboard the flight.


"We sent two cycle paramedics and an incident response officer," a London Ambulance Service official told Mills. "Sadly, a woman was pronounced dead at the scene."


The London Metropolitan Police offered a simple statement to The Daily Mail's Jonathan Rose Wednesday confirming a "51-year-old woman had died on a flight arriving into Terminal 2 at Heathrow" and stating that authorities had investigated the fatality and concluded that the death was unexpected but that the incident wasn't suspicious. "Her next of kin are aware and a file will be prepared for the coroner," the statement concluded.


United Airlines confirmed the incident with a statement of its own Wednesday, and offered condolences for the family of the deceased woman, who has yet to be publicly identified, per Rose.


"A customer onboard United flight 880 today, from Houston London Heathrow, experienced a medical to emergency onboard," a United spokesperson said. "Medical personnel met the aircraft on arrival at London Heathrow. We extend our deepest condolences to the customer's family and loved ones."


This article originally appeared in Chron.

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