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Hawaiian Airlines Flight Diverts to SFO

Flight Crew Member Died In Air

KCBS Radio Morning News
January 25, 2019 - 7:02 am

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KCBS Radio) -- A Hawaiian Airlines flight bound from Honolulu to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport diverted to San Francisco late Thursday night after a report of an on-board medical emergency.

A male flight attendant died from an apparent heart attack, according to the Associated Press. The employee, identified as Emile Griffith, had been with Hawaiian Airlines for 31 years, the AP said. 

An airlines spokeswoman told the AP that counselors were made available to Griffith's colleagues. 

The Airbus A332 landed at SFO at 11:05 pm Thursday and according to FlightAware, was at the gate a half hour later.

HawaiiNewsNow first reported the incident involved the death of a flight attendant,. On Friday morning, SFO officials confirmed only that a "flight crew member" had died.  SFO released the following statement earlier in the day:

 "According to our information, qualified medical personnel were attempting CPR during the flight, but suspended these efforts prior to landing at SFO. The San Mateo County Coroner declared the flight crew member deceased on arrival at SFO. Passengers were reaccommodated on other flights."

Passengers told KCBS Radio reporter Holly Quan that after a lengthy period at the gate at SFO, an onboard announcement was made, saying a flight attendant had died.

Update: This story has been rewritten with new informaiton about the flight attendant.