Carrie Fisher Went Into Cardiac Arrest As Her United Flight Landed at LAX, Unresponsive

Carrie Fisher had a cardiac episode onboard United flight 935 from London to Los Angeles today. She was reportedly “in a lot of distress on the flight.” Medical personnel met the flight and found her “unresponsive.”

Just prior to arrival, a pilot told the control tower that passengers who were nurses were attending to another “unresponsive” passenger. “So they’re working on her right now,” the pilot said in a public recording of the conversation on

According to the LAX Police Department, officers responded to Terminal 7 around 12:15 p.m., for a call of a female passenger in cardiac arrest. On arrival, they found paramedics performing CPR on the victim, according to Officer Alicia Hernandez.

She had been in London filming a UK sit com. Her plane had priority to go straight into LAX.

She went into cardiac arrest only about 15 minutes out from LAX. Here’s what the final approach looked like:

In contrast, here’s what the same flight had to do on approach the day before:

Best wishes to her, and really to all of us, she’s an icon of our childhoods. For goodness sakes, she’s on a postage stamp

Copyright: chrisdorney / 123RF Stock Photo

(HT: Heels First Travel)

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  1. Hope she is ok but some of the reports had her without a pulse for at least 10 minutes. If your not getting oxygen for 10 minutes then brain damage is likely. That they got a pulse back at all after her being down that long would be an accomplishment. Hopefully the reports are wrong and she was breathing most of that time.

  2. What’s surprising is that she didn’t have the heart attack as soon as she saw the 2-4-2 J config on that 772.

  3. @Susan I believe that’s only true up through 1978? And I’n decidedly not an expert on this but a derivative work could be in any case?

  4. The photo can be copyrighted but the postage stamp itself and its content cannot be copyrighted.

  5. There’s a lot to learn here. Say she went into full cardiac arrrest while they were landing. Does the crew and medical volunteers still lay her out to use defibrillator which may only have a few minutes window? Do they keep pumping away so blood reaches the brain to avoid permanent brain damage, even as the wheels are touching down. What extra risks will they allow to save one passenger?

    If they just let her linger hoping to get to the gate EMT’s in time, is that acceptable since those minutes could mean brain damage or death when the heart is not pumping?

    You’d think we would have video or much more in the tweets than just cursory mention. This is precedent shaping stuff. She is an American sweetheart but other lives could be saved based on what is learned.

  6. After cardiac arrest, oxygen stays in the body tissues for up to 15 min or more so hands on cpr is all that is needed. However, an AED would show if her rhythm was asystole, v fib or v tach. In all cases the AED would have been helpful.

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