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Teenager dies shortly after takeoff aboard Delta flight from Seattle

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A teenager died just after a Delta flight he was aboard lifted off from Seattle. The flight was headed to Atlanta but was rerouted to Spokane because of the medical emergency which claimed the 16-year-old boy’s life, according to NBC News on Dec. 7.

Officials at the Spokane International Airport said the teen "regretfully died" just after Delta Flight 128 took off. When the pilots learned of the emergency, they immediately detoured to Spokane which was the closest airport at the time.

A medical examiner was called to the airport but the cause of death was not determined.

The identity of the teenager was not known but according to a quote from the Spokane Assistant Fire Chief, Brian Schaeffer, the boy was originally from Atlanta and had been travelling with a number of relatives. They were going to Georgia to visit family for the holidays. The boy’s father is active military and is stationed in Washington.

Joe Ryan, a passenger on Delta Flight 128 said the emergency occurred just after takeoff. He described the situation saying the plane never climbed very high into the sky. He heard the pilot make an announcement about a medical emergency involving a passenger. Ryan said he believed the family of the boy were seated somewhere behind his seat on the plane. The boy was moved to the back of the plane where Ryan believed flight attendants and possibly others tried to save the boy.

When the plane landed and the boy had been removed, the other 258 passengers disembarked and boarded other planes to reach their destination. Delta has not revealed the boy’s identity and did not comment on whether efforts to revive the boy were continued once he left the plane.

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