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UPDATE: Teen Who Died In Flight Passed Away From Rare Disease

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Photo from KHQ's Reed Schmitt from the scene Photo from KHQ's Reed Schmitt from the scene

UPDATE: According to the Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office the cause of death of the teen who passed away on a Delta flight is currently listed as "pending" further microscopic and other studies, but is thought to be a complication of a rare disease.  The manner of death is natural.

Facebook post from Spokane Fire Department:  

"Despite resuscitation attempts by Engine 6 assisted by AMR & SIA, the young patient did not survive. The military family was traveling with the teen to Atlanta for a family Christmas. Thoughts and prayers from all of us at the SFD for the family and their extended Army Family."

16-Year-Old Dies On Delta Flight; Plane Diverted To Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - Delta Airlines flight 128 from Seattle to Atlanta has been diverted to Spokane International Airport after a 16-year-old boy died on board. Airport spokesman Todd Woodard says the teen suffered some kind of medical emergency on Flight 128 Saturday morning and passed away, reportedly of natural causes.  

Delta spokesman Michael Thomas says there were 258 passengers on the Boeing 767. They exited the aircraft at Spokane, and some were being rebooked onto other flights to get to their destinations. Delta was flying in another crew Saturday afternoon to fly the remaining passengers to Atlanta.

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