American Airlines Statement Regarding Death of Passenger

    FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines
 is very saddened over the death of passenger Carine Desir on Flight 896
 from Haiti to New York's JFK Airport last Friday and extends its deepest
 sympathy to the grieving family.
     We are investigating this incident, as we do with all serious medical
 situations on board our aircraft, but American Airlines can say oxygen was
 administered and the Automatic External Defibrillator was applied.
     Among the preflight duties of our highly trained Flight Attendants is a
 check of all emergency equipment on the aircraft. This includes checking
 the oxygen bottles -- there were 12 in this particular aircraft. We stand
 behind the actions and training of our crew and the functionality of the
 onboard medical equipment. We are also grateful to medical volunteers on
 this flight who came to the aid of a fellow traveler during flight.

SOURCE American Airlines

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