A Wisconsin woman found her life turned upside down when her husband committed suicide while she was on a flight home.
Karen Momsen-Evers was on a plane from New Orleans to go back home to Milwaukee after taking a holiday with her friends.
Moments before her flight took off, Momsen-Evers received a disturbing message from her husband.
“Karen, please forgive me for what I’m about to do, I am going to kill myself …” the text message read.
“I started shaking the minute I got the text and I was panicked,” Momsen-Evers told TMJ4. “I didn’t know what to do.”
However, as the flight attendants were doing their final cabin checks before takeoff, Karen tried what she could to help her husband.
As she attempted to call him, however, a flight attendant asked her to turn off her phone.
“The steward slapped the phone down and said you need to go on airplane mode now,” Momsen-Evers said.
She informed Momsen-Evers that she needed to abide because it was “FAA regulations.”
Despite imploring another flight attendant to help when they reached cruising altitude, Momsen-Evers was not allowed to reach out to her husband.
“I begged her,” she said, “I said I’m sure someone can make an emergency phone call.
“I just wanted someone to go and try to save him,” she continued.
For the next two hours, she sat in her seat sobbing and looking at her text message.
When the plane landed, she was finally able to call the police.
By then it was too late. When she got home, officers met her and told her that her husband Andy had committed suicide.
“They got on their knees,” she described, “put their hats over their heart and gave me the I regret to inform you that your husband has died.”
Southwest Airlines has since released a statement saying, “Our hearts go out to the Evans family during this time.”
“Flight attendants are trained to notify the Captain if there is an emergency situation that poses a hazard to the aircraft or to the passengers on-board,” the statement continued. “In this situation, the pilots were not notified.”
For Momsen-Evers, she believes that fate could have been changed if someone would have only helped.
“The pain of knowing something could have been done,” she said. “It breaks my heart.”
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