Hawaiian airline flight from Honolulu to New York was diverted to San Francisco after the steward died of an apparent heart attack, officials said.
Flight 50 of Hawaiian Airlines landed Thursday evening after a crew member had a "supposed heart attack," said San Francisco airport spokesman Doug Yakel.
During the flight, the medical staff tried CPR, but stopped those efforts before landing. The San Mateo County Coroner announced that the crew member was dead on arrival, Yakel said.
Yakel said the passengers on the plane landed in San Francisco five hours after takeoff were placed on other flights.
Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva did not respond immediately to an email with a comment.
Andrea Bartz, who was on a flight to John Kennedy Airport, said the crew had made a message asking for a doctor to go to the first class and help with emergency medical help.
Bartz writes that "so many doctors have come" and that the police have boarded the plane as the plane landed.
Bartz refused to be interviewed. But she and another traveler complained to Twitter that the airline was playing the music of the uclear during the emergency.
"Hawaiian airlines are still playing a stellar / traditional song soundtrack designed for embarking and casting, and I will tell you that no one is more relaxed," she wrote.