A passenger died this morning on a US Airways flight from Honolulu to Phoenix, authorities say.
Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan tells the Associated Press the passenger was a woman in her 50s.
The unidentified woman apparently lost consciousness while the plane was en route to Phoenix. Santillan tells AP that the woman had no pulse and was pronounced dead by a team of first responders that met the plane on arrival in Phoenix.
The incident happened on US Airways Flight 693, an overnight "red-eye" flight that left Honolulu on Tuesday night before arriving in Phoenix shortly around 7 a.m,. local time. US Airways is now part of of American Airlines as those two carriers proceed with a merger.
"US Airways Flight 693 landed as scheduled this morning at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport," Matt Miller, a spokesman for American Airlines, tells Today in the Sky. "A medical emergency was declared on approach into Phoenix and the Boeing 757 aircraft was met "by the Phoenix Fire Department. We aren't releasing any details on the passenger or the nature of the medical emergency.
Capt. Mark Vanacore, a spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department, tells The Arizona Republic only that the woman had "some sort of medical event" and did not specify the cause of death.
While rare, several in-flight deaths are reported on commercial airline flights each year.