A woman died on board a British Airways flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg on Wednesday, September 18. She boarded a British Airways flight from Cape Town International Airport and was declared dead on arrival (DOA) when the plane landed at OR Tambo International Airport.

 A Comair spokesperson confirmed the incident to Cape Town Etc.

“We are saddened to confirm that one of our customers passed away aboard BA6406, scheduled from Cape Town International Airport to O.R. Tambo International Airport, yesterday. A medical emergency was identified upon descent and emergency medical personnel boarded the aircraft as soon as it landed in Johannesburg and took over from our crew, who are trained and equipped to deal with medical emergencies onboard,” the spokesperson said.

“The level of safety and medical equipment onboard the aircraft is prescribed by Civil Aviation Regulations. The Medical Section of the South African Civil Aviation Authority is there to provide guidance to domestic airlines on how medical emergencies should be attended to onboard the aircraft, and when medical equipment upgrades are necessary. It is standard practice with incidents of this nature for the South African Police Services to open an inquest docket,” she continued.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the customer’s family and friends, as well as those who have witnessed this tragic event.”

The passenger’s cause of death is unknown at this time.

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Imogen Searra