Child Passed Away on New York Bound Turkish Airlines Flight

by Anthony Losanno
Turkish Airlines

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A Turkish Airlines flight headed from Istanbul International Airport (IST) to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) was diverted to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) following a medical emergency today. Reuters reported that an 11-year-old child fell unconscious onboard and sadly passed away.

TK 003 Diverted 1

Turkish Airlines flight TK003 departed around 8:32 AM this morning but had to divert to Budapest about an hour later due to the medical emergency onboard.

TK Flight Diverted 2

Unfortunately, Airport Medical Service could not save the child. They passed away despite receiving prompt medical attention. The flight then continued on to New York and landed around 2.5 hours late. A cause of death has not been reported, but a statement was released by Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD):

Airport Medical Service (AMS), the medical service operating at Ferenc Liszt International Airport, was alerted to the aircraft and continued to resuscitate the child. Unfortunately, his life could not be saved despite the rapid and professional intervention. The aircraft continued its journey to its original destination.”

Anthony’s Take: It sounds like both the flight crew and medical personnel did all that they could here. My condolences to the family as I can’t imagine how horrible it must be to lose someone while traveling.

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