Doctors assist fellow ill air passengers 50 percent of the time

About half of the air passengers who experience in-flight medical emergencies are treated on board by a fellow passenger who is a doctor, a new study finds.

A University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences report indicates that between January of 2008 and October of 2010, 75 percent of passengers who fell ill during a flight were treated by a fellow flier, with 50 percent of them being doctors.

The report indicates that only just more than 7 percent of emergencies required a flight to land prematurely.

Researchers also found that a majority of in-flight emergencies can be handled by flight attendants with some level of medical training as well.