British Airways flight horror as Briton dies mid-air on trip to Caribbean

A British Airways plane during flight

A British Airways flight was grounded due to a medical emergency after a passenger became unresponsive.

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GB News Reporter

By GB News Reporter

Published: 27/06/2023

- 15:40

A 29-year-old died whilst flying to Antigua with his mum

A Briton has died after becoming unresponsive on a British Airways flight to Antigua with his mum.

The 29-year-old's death came despite medics trying their best to revive him.

Emergency services had been waiting at VC Bird International Airport ahead of an emergency landing by the plane.

The Briton was declared dead at 6.37 pm on Thursday, June 22.

Terminal of VC Bird International Airport

The flight landed at VC Bird International Airport where doctors were waiting.

Scott Wilson and VC Bird International Airport

The man suffered from several medical conditions, these included hypertension, muscular dystrophy and ulcerative colitis.

Doctors who inspected him believe he died of natural causes as they found "no marks of violence".

The investigating Antigua police echo this, they said: "We are investigating this incident like we investigate all incidents of this nature.

"However, foul play is not suspected at this stage and we will be working with the family and will be cooperating with them fully."

BA flight taking off in the evening

The passenger had recently been diagnosed with sepsis and blood poisoning ​


His mum confirmed that his medical history led him to be hospitalised multiple times. He had recently spent five days in intensive care being treated for sepsis and blood poisoning.

He received treatment with IV fluid, antibiotics and insulin in the dual-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, nearby Antigua.

She told police that her son had discharged himself, something he has been known to have done in the past.

Before he died, he was struggling with dehydration and was rapidly losing weight.

The man is believed to be from London, and his family have been granted the permission to move his body to a funeral home in the city.

Antigua police sent their condolences to the family.

They said: "Imagine coming to our beautiful island and ending up like this. It is so sad. Our sympathy is with the family."

A spokesperson for the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office has confirmed: "We are assisting the family of a British man who died in Antigua and Barbuda."

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