A passenger on a United Airlines flight in to Salt Lake City (SLC) on Sunday has died, despite attempts to save him by an Army combat medic on board.
United Flight 5596 out of Denver, had landed at SLC when the Army medic saw that something was wrong with the passenger.
‘Jared Noall, a combat medic with the Army Reserve who happened to be on board, assisted with performing CPR until paramedics arrived on the ground.
Noall said passengers didn’t realize anything was wrong with the man, who appeared to be sleeping, until the plane landed.
“I asked, ‘Hey, sir, are you awake?’” Noall told the T.V. station. “I shook him a bit, trying to see if I could get a response out of him. We checked his throat for a pulse, and it wasn’t there. So we laid him down in the aisle and start CPR.”’
Using an on-board defibrillator, Noall and two others assisted in providing the man CPR until paramedics arrived. After an hour an a half, the man was pronounced dead.
The identity of the man has not been released.
The aircraft was a Bombardier CRJ-700.
A Salt Lake City International Airport police report identifies James Edward Levin as the man who died Sunday night on an inbound flight.
The police report does not specify Levin’s age or where he is from, though airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann said the man is not a Utahn.