Teens Dies On Cross Country Flight

By Aaron Pero

Sat Dec 7th, 2013 6:59pm America/Los_Angeles

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(CNN) – A 16-year-old suffered a medical emergency on a Delta Air Lines cross-country flight, and died after the flight made an emergency landing in Spokane, Washington, authorities said Saturday.

Jim Uttke, deputy medical investigator for the Spokane Medical Examiner, said it appeared the youth died of natural causes. An autopsy will be performed Monday. His name was not released.

The Spokane Fire Department said on its Facebook page that the youth was part of a military family flying to Atlanta for Christmas.

Delta Flight 128 was bound for Atlanta from Seattle on Saturday and was diverted to Spokane after a medical emergency, Delta spokesman Michael Thomas said.

Thomas said the plane carrying 258 passengers was scheduled to land in Atlanta at 4 p.m. ET Saturday. It’s now expected to arrive about 11 p.m

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