Three hours after the start of the flight between Hawaiian Airlines and Honolulu this week, the captain approached the speaker and asked if there were any doctors on board. A flight attendant had a medical emergency.
Doctors and crew members performed CPR on Emile Griffith when he got sick Thursday night, but Griffith, a veteran of the airline for 31 years, did not survive.
The flight had 253 passengers and 12 crew members and was diverted to San Francisco for a quick landing, Hawaiian Airlines officials said Friday.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Emile Griffith ... who died last night while working on our flight between Honolulu and New York," Hawaiian Air officials said in a statement on Friday.
"It's been a long time since they asked for doctors to come to first class so I hope all is alright."