At Flight Level 350 over Canada's Northwest Territories, Delta Flight 55, a 777-200ER, is bound for Tokyo Narita. All is quiet when the call goes out: "Is there a doctor onboard?" A couple of minutes later, a second announcement, but with added emphasis: "Is there anyone onboard with medical training?" Hesitantly, a hand reaches for the flight attendant call button. It's been more than three decades since the middle-aged passenger was a US Army medic in Vietnam. A flight attendant has been ...

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