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The Latest: Flight attendant had been with Hawaiian 31 years

January 25, 2019 - 2:15 PM

SAN FRANCISCO - The Latest on a flight diverted to San Francisco after a flight attendant died (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

A Hawaiian Airlines official says a male flight attendant who died of an apparent heart attack while working on a Honolulu-New York City flight had been with the company for 31 years.

Airline spokeswoman Ann Botticelli says in a statement Friday that Emile Griffith loved working at Hawaiian and shared that love with passengers.

She says the airline has made counselling available for Griffith's colleagues.

Botticelli says Hawaiian Airlines Flight 50 was carrying 253 passengers and 12 crewmembers when it departed Honolulu on Thursday.

San Francisco airport spokesman Doug Yakel says the plane landed in San Francisco after a flight crew member had "a suspected heart attack."

Yakel says medical personnel attempted CPR during the flight, but suspended those efforts before landing.

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11:45 a.m.

A passenger on a plane from Honolulu to New York City that was diverted after a flight attendant died says the crew made an announcement asking for a doctor to go to first class and help with a medical emergency.

Andrea Bartz tweeted that "so many doctors came forward" and that police officers came on board after the plane landed in San Francisco on Thursday night. Bartz declined to be interviewed.

San Francisco airport spokesman Doug Yakel says Hawaiian Airlines Flight 50 landed after a crew member had "a suspected heart attack."

The plane left Honolulu and landed in San Francisco five hours later.

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9:15 a.m.

Officials say a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York City was diverted to San Francisco after an attendant died of an apparent heart attack.

San Francisco airport spokesman Doug Yakel says Hawaiian Airlines Flight 50 landed in San Francisco Thursday night after a flight crew member had "a suspected heart attack."

Yakel says medical personnel attempted CPR during the flight, but suspended these efforts prior to landing.

The San Mateo County Coroner declared the flight crew member deceased on arrival.

Yakel says the passengers were put on other flights.

Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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