​Woman Dies On Plane, Flight Diverted From Brazil To Houston

Staff Reporter
Aug. 9, 2014

A 25-year-old woman flying from Brazil to Dallas dies an unusual death while the plane is still in the air.

The American Airlines flight was then diverted to George Bush Intercontinental Airport, in Houston, where she was declared dead.

Homicide detectives were called to the airport by officials after learning that American Flight 962 was heading in their direction with a medical emergency.

“There was no sign of trauma,” and no foul play is suspected, Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said. An autopsy will be done, she added.

The major U.S. airline would not release the name of the female passenger or provide anymore information about her.

According to authorities, the Boeing 777 left Sao Paolo at 1:12 a.m. with 220 passengers and a crew of 14 bound for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. When the woman went into medical distress, the flight crew, along with a doctor who happened to be on board, began performing emergency procedures, and the plane was diverted to Houston.

Federal law requires a defibrillator on every flight with a maximum payload capacity of 7,500 pounds, a rule that covers major airliners, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said. It also requires flight attendants to have CPR and defibrillator training at least once every two years.

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