Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Teen dies aboard Delta flight: 16-year-old was headed home for holidays

See also

A teen died on a flight originating in Seattle on Saturday morning about 30 minutes into the flight. The 16-year-old was traveling with an undisclosed number of family members heading to their hometown of Atlanta for the Christmas holiday, according to Fox News on Dec. 8.

The boy lived in Washington State with his family, where his military father was stationed. The teen went into distress about 30 minutes into the flight and other passengers said he was taken to the back of the plane where flight attendants worked to revive him.

The pilot spoke to the passengers over the intercom informing them the flight was diverted due to a medical emergency. Passengers were extremely understanding, concerned and remained calm through the emergency event.

Delta Flight 128 took off from Seattle at about 9 a.m. on Saturday and was diverted to Spoken for an emergency landing. Spokane Fire Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer said that emergency technicians were on the scene waiting for the boy when the plane landed.

Schaeffer reported to the media that the teen had a pre-existing condition, but what that condition was is not known. He was fine to fly despite the medical problem he had said his family members. An autopsy was pending, according to Fox.

The flight was originally scheduled to land in Atlanta about 4 p.m. local time. The airline worked on getting some of the passengers other travel arrangements. The majority of the diverted flight’s passengers continued on to Atlanta on the same plane once a relief crew came on board. The flight arrived at midnight local time on Sunday.



  • Mt. Everest avalanche
    Disaster strikes Mt. Everest as at least 12 people were killed in an avalanche
    Watch Video
  • Most Earthlike planet discovered
    The Kepler telescope has discovered the most Earthlike, possibly habitable planet yet
    Space News
  • Easter crosses create debate
    Easter crosses spark a debate of separation of church and state in Ohio
  • Chelsea Clinton is preggers
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
    The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, don't miss a minute of playoff action
  • Ukraine discussed amongst U.S., E.U., Russia
    The U.S., E.U. and Russia agree on ways to diffuse the tension in Ukraine
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!