A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to land when a teen died on a flight. The boy was a passenger, who was going from Seattle to Atlanta, and suffered a medical emergency. He ended up passing away. The flight was rerouted to the Spokane International Airport in Washington state soon after it took off on Saturday, officials said.
Spokane airport officials stated that the 16-year-old male “regretfully died” shortly after the plane took off, heading for Georgia. Pilots changed direction and landed quickly at Spokane, which was the nearest airstrip, upon learning about the emergency.
The boy’s cause of death was not known. Local police and a medical examiner were called to Spokane, Washington.
The teenager was not directly identified, but Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer stated he had been originally from the Atlanta metro area and was flying with his grandmother, mother, and brother to visit other family members which were in Georgia for the Christmas holiday. His father is stationed in Washington because he is in the military.
One person, who was on the plane, was quoted as saying that the medical emergency happened very soon after the plane took off, which was believed to be around 9 a.m. Pacific time.
He said that the Delta Air Lines flight never really got too high. The pilot, all at once, was on the intercom and announced there was a passenger who was in dire need of medical attention.
This is when a doctor that was on the flight jumped in and tried to help the teenager. He, along with two other passengers, who were a nurse and a nurse midwife, did whatever they could.
Local police state they believe the 16-year-old boy could have had some sort of birth defects and it is also thought he had never flown before. He was flying with his mother, grandmother and brother.
The registered nurse, who tried to help the teen, was sitting approximately 15 rows in front of him when the crew spoke over the intercom.
The teen and his family were seated about the middle of the plane. The doctor, nurse, and nurse midwife rushed the boy to the rear of the jet where flight attendants also began helping them with lifesaving measures
It was reported that the teenager was having trouble breathing. They tried to use oxygen on him but that failed to work. They then attempted moving him out of the seat he had been placed in, to try and put him into another position. This did not work either. Basically everything they tried failed to help.
Once the plane had landed at Spokane International, firefighters took over the situation, but the teen still died. Delta Air Lines representatives have refused to release the teenager’s name.
After the plane was on the ground, the other 258 passengers were removed from it and put on other Delta Air Lines jets. They were then able to continue to their various destinations
It was also explained that the boy’s father was believed to have been waiting in Atlanta, but that he has now flown to Spokane in order to be reunited with his family.
The Delta Air Lines flight that was forced to land when the teen dies on flight is a tragedy for the boy’s family just before the holiday season.
By Kimberly Ruble