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Man dies on a flight

04 July 2015, 10:33

Cape Town – A man has died on board a Mango flight, en route to Cape Town from Johannesburg, due to heart problems.

The George Herald reported the plane was diverted to George Airport around lunchtime on Thursday in order to get the middle-aged man urgent medical assistance.

The man experienced health problems an hour into the flight and George was the nearest available airport, according to Mango spokesperson Hein Kaiser.

"The crew wanted to get him medical assistance as soon as possible. Unfortunately he died upon landing. Our condolences to his family and friends in this trying time," said Kaiser.

As a result, flight JE139 was delayed at George Airport for two hours. Kaiser said the airline could not release the man’s details as yet.

This is the second unfortunate incident involving a Mango flight in less than two months.

On May 12, News24 reported that a 63-year-old woman who collapsed after boarding a Mango flight at Cape Town International Airport on Tuesday, died shortly afterwards.

Kaiser said at the time that the woman had booked a ticket for flight JE702 to Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg.

After collapsing, she was taken off the plane by the airport’s emergency personnel.

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