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WINNIPEG, Canada --A United Airlines flight en route from Tokyo to Washington, D.C. made an emergency landing here on Tuesday as personnel on board treated a woman whose heart and breathing had stopped.

Flight attendants said that the 41-year old woman was speaking to a seat mate when she became incoherent and showed signs of distress. The woman then began having difficulty breathing and collapsed near the rear galley.

One flight attendant immediately performed mouth-to-mouth and CPR,also using an oxygen mask.

The flight — United Airlines 804 from Tokyo-Narita to Washington-Dulles — was about eight hours into the 11-hour trip when the incident occurred. Peggy Henry, chief flight attendant on board, said a doctor who was a passenger on the flight used the plane's defibrillator to restart her heart, but the woman never regained consciousness.

Henry would not comment on the woman's identity. Passengers first were told of an unspecified medical emergency requiring the unscheduled landing in Winnipeg.

The woman was transported to a Winnipeg hospital and the flight continued to Washington, D.C. Airline officials had no further information on her condition.


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