The path of the Caribbean Airlines repatriation flight from JFK to Puerto Rico.

The Ministry of Health is awaiting the autopsy result on the Trinidadian national who died aboard a repatriation flight from New York on Saturday.

In response to a question during yesterday’s virtual press conference, Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said the autopsy was being performed in Puerto Rico, where the flight was diverted after it left New York bound for T&T, to determine the cause of the man’s death.

“The last information I had from the CMOH was that an autopsy would have been in the process of being performed in Puerto Rico. Of course, when we get the results of those findings we would have a better idea of what that individual would have passed away from and it would guide the process going forward in terms of the level of exposure of those individuals,” he said.

He noted that until that time, the nationals will continue the repatriation process in accordance to the current COVID-19 protocol for those coming from a medium/high-risk country.

“As of now, they will continue to do for (sic) medium to high-risk countries. A seven-day quarantine with a test on day one and day seven as is the normal when they get into Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.

The Caribbean Airlines flight left the JFK airport on Saturday night bound for Piarco International Airport but was rerouted to Puerto Rico after the man began having severe medical issues.

Guardian Media spoke to one passenger on board who said the elderly man appeared to have died before the aircraft landed in Puerto Rico. The passenger said the man did not receive any medical treatment while the plane was in the air and when the aircraft landed, paramedics came onboard but after their initial assessment did not attend to the man.

↔—Rishard Khan