Advertisement

American Press

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Southwest Louisiana ,
| Share |
A 23-year-old nursing student was aboard the flight that was diverted to Lake Charles last Tuesday and rendered aid to the injured flight attendant.
Olivia D’Avanzo, a senior nursing major at Western Connecticut State University, was in Houston visiting family. (Special to the American Press)<br>

A 23-year-old nursing student was aboard the flight that was diverted to Lake Charles last Tuesday and rendered aid to the injured flight attendant. Olivia D’Avanzo, a senior nursing major at Western Connecticut State University, was in Houston visiting family. (Special to the American Press)

Nursing student came to aid of injured flight attendant

Last Modified: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 11:42 AM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

A 23-year-old nursing student was aboard the flight that was diverted to Lake Charles last Tuesday and rendered aid to the injured flight attendant.

Olivia D’Avanzo, a senior nursing major at Western Connecticut State University, was in Houston visiting family. On her flight home, she said, she never thought her training would be needed. The flight, bound for New York, contained 88 passengers and crew members.

“As soon as the plane started on the runway it was rocky, and we had mild turbulence once we were in the air,” D’Avanzo said. “It wasn’t terrible, but half an hour into the flight we hit an air pocket — that’s when we hit the big jolts.”

She said everything in the plane flew up in the air when the plane dropped. “Things were flying everywhere,” she said. “Everyone screamed, and then it got very quiet.”

D’Avanzo said one of the flight attendants came over the speaker and asked if there was a doctor on board. D’Avanzo and a paramedic were the only two on Flight 1632 with any medical training. She said the other two flight attendants were running up and down the aisle, so the passengers knew something was wrong.

The Lake Charles airport was notified at 8:26 p.m. Tuesday that the plane was 20 miles away. The airplane was being diverted to Lake Charles because of reported injuries to the three flight attendants and three other passengers.

“We got up and started helping the flight attendants, and they were very grateful that we could help,” she said. “Once we got back there I noticed all three flight attendants were injured, but one was lying down and was basically screaming in agony. I held her neck to keep it aligned. She said her neck, back and ribs hurt, and she couldn’t straighten her legs. If you touched them, she screamed. She was in extreme pain.”

D’Avanzo said it was her understanding that the flight attendant was in her seat and was ejected.

“We borrowed a pillow from a passenger, and we put that under her head and neck,” she said. “We got her an oxygen tank because she couldn’t take a breath because her ribs hurt. We put ice on her head.”

D’Avanzo said she stabilized her and made her as comfortable as possible. She stayed with the flight attendant until the plane touched down. “I kept her from moving, helped her with breathing,” D’Avanzo said. “She held my hand and squeezed it the whole time.”

She said that as soon as they landed, the paramedics came on board and took the flight attendant out of an emergency exit.

She said a pregnant passenger was having contractions or pains across her stomach from her seatbelt. Another woman had a gash in her neck, and several people had bumped their heads.

The flight attendant remained in serious but stable condition Tuesday at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, one week after the United Airlines Boeing 737-700 made its emergency landing. Hospital spokesman Matt Felder said Monday the flight attendant’s condition is improving.

Posted By: Dane On: 6/22/2012

Title:

Supply and demand. This 737 seats a lot of people. Since you and a dozen others are the only ones that want to fly from LC, they won't fly a plane 3/4 empty. You don't need a 737 to go to Houston.

Posted By: Doug On: 6/19/2012

Title: Only Play Toys Land Here

If this size aircraft can land here for emergencies, why can't they land here all the time...as they do in Monroe and in Lafayette? Lake Charles only has play toys landing here, which is why I would never FLY here again.

Comment on this article

captcha 72c8460962234163964071e5c7b52b78




Get Social With Us!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Mobile
  • Feed
Advertisement

Copyright © 2014 American Press

Privacy Policies: American Press