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Elderly passenger dies on repatriation flight from U.S. to Vietnam

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HCMC – A 73-year-old man reportedly died from a fall he had on a Vietnam Airlines aircraft, which was transporting him and several other Vietnamese citizens home from the United States.

Some 13 hours after the aircraft took off and was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet, the elderly passenger fell after using the aircraft toilet, according to Vietnam Airlines.

He was immediately given first aid by crew members and some doctors on the same flight, but was declared dead before the plane landed at Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province.

Apart from reporting the accident to the aviation agencies at the airport, Vietnam Airlines also informed the deceased’s family about the incident and expressed its condolences, Thanh Nien Online reported, citing the carrier.

On July 15 and 16, Vietnam’s competent agencies, the country’s representative agencies in the United States and Vietnam Airlines worked with the competent agencies of the United States to operate the flight to repatriate Vietnamese nationals from San Francisco Airport.

The passengers onboard the flight were listed as priority travelers, including under-18 students, elderly people, the sick and those undergoing special circumstances.

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