16-year-old boy dies aboard plane from Seattle; flight diverted

A 16-year-old boy died Saturday morning while aboard a Delta Air Lines flight headed from Seattle to Atlanta.

Shortly after taking off from Seattle at 8:25 a.m., Delta flight 128 made an unplanned stop in Spokane -- about 300 miles east of Seattle -- because of a medical issue with a passenger on the plane, Delta spokesman Michael Thomas told The Times.

The flight, which touched down in Spokane at 10:20 a.m., was scheduled to arrive in Atlanta at 4 p.m.

There were 258 passengers aboard the Boeing 767, Thomas said.


Spokane International Airport spokesman Todd Woodard told the Associated Press that the teen died on board, reportedly of natural causes.


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