The flight had 253 passengers and 12 crew members and was diverted to San Francisco for early landing, Hawaiian Airlines officials announced on Friday.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Emil Griffith … who died at work on our flight between Honolulu and New York last night," a Hawaiian air statement said on Friday. "We are forever grateful to Emil's colleagues and the good Samaritans who stayed next to him and provided extensive medical assistance."
Author Andrea Bartz was on board the plane and was writing when it happened. as they asked the doctors to come first-class, so I hope they're okay, "she said. "The first time I ever had a re-routed flight waiting for drugs to board the ship now." Hawaiian Airlines made consulting available to employees.