Passenger dies after CAL flight diverted to Puerto Rico
A CARIBBEAN Airlines aircraft
en-route from Miami, Florida
to Piarco International Airport
had to be diverted to Puerto Rico
on Thursday afternoon after a
passenger on board complained
of feeling unwell.
The passenger died at hospital
following the flight’s landing
in Puerto Rico.
In a statement yesterday, CAL
said flight BW483 was diverted to
San Juan, Puerto Rico following
the medical emergency aboard.
“On arrival at the Luis Munoz
Marin International airport,
the flight was met by an ambulance
and accompanying paramedics.
The paramedics took
the 35-year-old passenger off the
aircraft and rushed him to the
hospital, where he later died,”
The airline did not identify
the man, but information reaching
the Express gave his name
as Clarence Ramjattan of Woodbrook.
The Express was told the man
was travelling with his father
and brother and was suffering
from a pre-existing medical condition.
After the aircraft departed
Miami, the passenger complained
of feeling unwell and
alerted the crew.
CAL chairman Rabindra
Moonan said yesterday: “The
plane was diverted to Puerto
Rico for medical assistance. During
that time the crew was in
contact with a medical facility
in the United States. When they
reached the airport in Puerto
Rico the ambulance was waiting.
He died on arrival at hospital.”
The other 90 passengers on
board were accommodated at
area hotels for the night and the
flight resumed its journey yesterday
morning, operating as
BW3483. It arrived at Piarco at