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Pilot dumps 30 tons of fuel halfway through the flight to save passenger’s life

A 60-year old woman, started losing consciousness on the field, in which the pilot to dump fuel in the air and make an emergency landing.

(Reuters)

A pilot decided to dump 30 tons of fuel in the air to make a safe emergency landing and save a passenger life.

The China Eastern Airlines flight was on the way to New York from Shanghai, China, on Friday night, when a 60-year-old unnamed woman began having trouble breathing, Asia reported.

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The air crew on board tried to help the woman and her transferred from economy class to business class to better perform first aid, The Straits Times reported. There the woman began to slip into a state of unconsciousness, according to the publication.

The pilot, Jian Gu, decided the woman, who was traveling with her daughter, who needed more medical attention than they could receive on board and discharged tons of fuel in the aircraft, so it would be light enough to land at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska.

“The aircraft weight was 282 tonnes, much more than the maximum landing weight,” Jian explained CGTN. “When the sick passenger medical attention necessary for the safety, the aircraft had to descend and dump fuel at the same time.”

The woman was removed from the plane and rushed to a hospital in Alaska.

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The aircraft refueled at Anchorage airport, and then resumed its flight to New York, where it landed safely after a six-hour delay.

According to reports, the woman was later discharged from the hospital and she and her daughter continued on their journey the next morning.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

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