Woman Dies on Airplane. No One Notices. An elderly woman taking a cross-country Delta Airlines flight over the weekend from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to Salt Lake City, Utah died en route and no one noticed until the jet landed when she didn't "wake up" to deplane. CBS4 News in Ft. Lauderdale reports that everyone on board thought the 78-year-old woman was just sleeping and didn't want to disturb her. However, an emergency medical technician on the scene said she had been dead long enough that rigor mortis had set in by the time passengers and crew realized she had passed away. Would that suck or what? I can just hear the crew, "Time to get off, wake up, we're here, get up. OH CRAP"!