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A 16-year-old boy died on a Delta Airlines flight Saturday morning.

Zachery Bisiar was traveling with his family on Delta Airlines Flight 128 from Seattle bound for Atlanta when he suffered a medical emergency inflight causing the plane to divert to Spokane Airport.

The Spokane medical examiner is still investigating the cause of death but believes it to be “a rare complication of a rare disease process. The manner of death is natural.” And an autopsy is scheduled for Monday stated Jim Uttke, deputy medical investigator for the Spokane Medical Examiner.

Family members state that Bisiar had a preexisting medical condition but was able to fly.

Bisiar was the son of a solider stationed at the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade of the 7th Infantry Division out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Joe Ryan, a passenger on the plane, stated that the pilot immediately notified passengers of the situation.

“The plane never really got too high,” said Ryan. “The pilot all of the sudden got on the intercom and said there was a passenger in dire need (of medical attention).”

Ryan stated flight attendants attempted CPR and other lifesaving procedures.

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