'I was the last person to kiss her on the lips before I had to leave her': BA captain reveals how he battled in vain to save his daughter, 14, after she died of 'a heart attack'

  • Year nine schoolgirl suddenly collapsed at a friend's sleepover on Saturday
  • Paramedics believe she had a heart attack. A post-mortem is yet to be held
  • Devastated father tells how he and his wife battled to keep daughter alive
  • He says the girl was their life and they do not know what they will do without her 

A British Airways captain has told how he and his wife battled in vain to save their tragic 14-year-old daughter who suddenly died on a sleepover.

Hannah Cubin dreamed of following in the footsteps of her father Andy, a former Red Arrows pilot who was awarded the MBE for his 20-year RAF service.

She was spending the night at a friend's house just five minutes from home when she stopped breathing on Saturday night, just three days after her birthday.

Andy Cubin has told how his daughter Hannah suddenly collapsed and died at a friend's house. Hannah had hoped to follow in her father's footsteps and become a pilot

Her mother Dawn got an 11pm call from Hannah's friend saying something was wrong and she and Mr Cubin rushed to their daughter's side.

While Mrs Cubin performed CPR, her husband gave mouth to mouth before paramedics arrived at the house in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

They spent an hour trying to save the youngster but to no avail and she was pronounced dead from a suspected heart attack.

Mr Cubin, 54, who is also a test pilot and flight instructor, said: 'I knew in my heart of hearts that she was gone.

'I was the last person to kiss her on the lips before I had to leave her.'

He said Hannah - their only child - was a 'bright light' in their lives and 'a wonderful human being'.

Mr Cubin said his daughter was the centre of his and his wife's life and they don't know how to go on following her death on Saturday

He added: 'We are broken. Having children gives you a purpose in life. This is what we are here for. Our beautiful girl was absolutely everything we had.

'Everything we did on a day to day basis revolved around what Hannah was doing.

'We would plan every day around her activities, driving her here and there, opening Bank of Dad and shelling out a fiver and closing it again, the taxi service and entertaining her and her friends.

'That is all gone sadly. The Bank of Dad is closed. We have to learn to cope with it somehow. I'm not quite sure how, but we will get there.'

Hannah, a year nine student at Malmesbury School, dreamed of following her father with a career in the air.

The family have set up a charity appeal in memory of their daughter to raise money for their local air ambulance, who were on stand-by when paramedics battled to save her

He spent nearly 20 year with the RAF and was a Red Arrows pilot between 1996 and 1999 before becoming a civilian pilot.

He flew with Virgin and BMI and Wizzair before joining BA in 2012 and currently flies the Airbus on short-haul European routes.

Hannah also wanted to be on the X Factor and was a budding Taekwondo star, competing in a world championship tournament earlier this year.

Her grieving mother, 50, said: 'Apart from being beautiful on the outside, she was beautiful on the inside.

Hannah's mother, Dawn, said she would 'light up a room, no matter how big'

'She would walk into a room, no matter how big, and she would light the room up. She was amazing.'

The family are yet to discover what caused her death, but Mr Cubin heard a paramedic say she believed Hannah had suffered a cardiac arrest. A post-mortem is due to be carried out later this week.

Mr Cubin said the family were in awe of the paramedics who battled to save Hannah as they watched on from the hallway.

He added: 'The determination they showed against all odds was fantastic.'

On Monday, the family set up a fundraising page to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance in their daughter's memory.

The charity rescue helicopter was on standby as medics fought to save the teen in case she needed to be taken to hospital, but was not needed.

The family described said the charity are their 'unsung heroes' and their appeal has since raised more than £10,000.

The family plan to hold a funeral service around Christmas and will scatter Hannah's ashes in a plot in their garden which will be marked with a tree.


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