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Teen who died on flight was leaving Lewis-McChord with family

Teen who died on flight was leaving Lewis-McChord with family
A Delta airplane sits on the tarmac in Spokane, Dec. 7, 2013.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane Fire Department says the 16-year-old boy who died on a Delta Air Lines flight had a medical condition and was with members of his military family traveling from Seattle to Atlanta.

Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer told The Spokesman-Review the family members were traveling Saturday because the boy's father is being transferred from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The boy had been cleared for the flight but suffered a medical emergency. His heart and breathing stopped. The crew performed CPR but couldn't revive him.

The plane diverted to Spokane International Airport, where medics continued CPR without success. The Spokane County medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy.

Delta Air Lines Flight 128 had 258 passengers on board. Delta spokesman Michael Thomas says passengers later returned to the plane to complete their trip.