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.