U.K. officials are probing a deadly flight nurse crash after a U.A.E. official said investigators found the airline’s training and training documentation did not show she was given adequate training on how to handle pilots who were experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, the British Transport Police officer who said the nurse was not trained on handling passengers who had been affected by the coronavirus was among those questioned by investigators.
“There’s no doubt that the training was not adequate,” British Transport Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters.
He said he was not aware of any medical training provided to staff who handle the care of passengers with post-conflict stress disorder who have returned from the war zone.
The only reason we have any concern about that is that the airline has not been forthcoming with the truth about what happened to her. “
We don’t know what the exact cause of the accident is, but we have the facts.
The airline said in a statement that the company is “deeply disappointed” in the officer’s account.”
She’s a victim, and the company has a responsibility to make sure that she gets the best care she can get.”
The airline said in a statement that the company is “deeply disappointed” in the officer’s account.
The officer, who is still employed by the airline, told investigators that she and another flight nurse, who were assigned to the same flight as her, were instructed to take “immediate steps” to ensure passengers were not at risk of becoming exposed to the virus.
“Upon returning to the airport, they were instructed by the flight nurse that the only way they would know if someone was at risk was if they saw them,” the officer said.
The statement said the officers went on a “flight to check on the situation” and that they observed a woman who was “unresponsive” on the plane.
The officer said she tried to get her to talk, but that she “was too weak.”
She said she and the other flight nurse then took her back to the cabin.
“The flight nurse advised the flight attendant that the woman was too weak to continue, so they put her on an oxygen mask,” the statement said.
“The flight attendant then administered oxygen to the woman, and when the woman regained consciousness, they took her off the plane.”
The woman was airlifted to an ambulance.
The U.N. said she died from hypothermia.
U.K.-based airline Lufthansa said it was “extremely concerned” by the officer-led investigation, which it described as an “inappropriate and unacceptable situation” involving “serious consequences for passengers and crew.”
The company said it had taken the officer into confidence, and had launched an internal investigation.
The United States Civil Aviation Authority is also conducting its own investigation.
U.C.L.A., which operates the U.B.O. aircraft, said it “is fully co-operating with U.U., including the UK authorities and the UAC.”