In a tragic turn of events, an American woman died on board a flight en-route to Dubai last week.
Identified as Brandi Hodges, the woman died after a 13-hour Emirates flight upon arrival to Dubai from New York. The 40-year-old was traveling with her cousin to the Emirati city for a vacation. Prior to the flight's arrival, the American national lost consciousness after falling short of breath. She was given oxygen and ice before fainting again, according to The National.
Upon the plane's arrival to Dubai International Airport (DXB), Hodges was transported via an ambulance to a medical room where medical staff attempted to revive her with an automated external defibrillator. Unfortunately, the paramedics failed to get a pulse.
"Emirates can confirm that ground staff in Dubai contacted medical emergency services at Dubai International (DXB) to assist a passenger disembarking from EK204 on 6 June," the airline said in a statement.
"The passenger unfortunately passed away. Emirates offers its condolences to the passenger's family and is providing them with assistance," it added.
Hodges, a national from Chicago, was an avid traveler, as her cousin, the sibling of the relative who was traveling with the late passenger, described her.
According to ABC7 Chicago, it will cost about $6,000 to get Hodges' body back to the United States. The woman's cause of death remains unclear.