25-Year-Old Woman Dies on Plane to Texas Returning from Brazil

The plane landed in Houston so that she would be provided with medical assistance

By Raluca Anghel on January 3rd, 2013 08:04 GMT

Police suspect foul play in the death of a passenger of an American Airlines Brazil – Dallas flight. According to I Science Times, a 25-year-old woman passed away on flight No. 962, on January 2.

The pilot performed an emergency landing in Houston's IAH at 6:34 a.m., when the crew noticed the passenger was in distress. It was scheduled to arrive in Dallas, at Fort Worth.

The Boeing 777 left Sao Paolo's GRU airport at 1:12 a.m., reports say. 220 passengers were aboard the plane, apart from the 14 members of the crew.

Airline reps have declined to comment about the cause of death of the passenger; however, they put out an official statement about the incident.

“American Airlines flight 962 today from Sao Paolo (GRU) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) diverted to Houston (IAH) because of a medical emergency. We can't provide any information about the ill passenger, but we can provide details about the flight.

“AA962 departed GRU at 1:12 a.m. and diverted to IAH at 6:34 a.m. It left IAH at 9:05 a.m. and landed at DFW at 10:25 a.m. It was a Boeing 777 with 220 passengers and a crew of 14,” it reads.

Even as the plane landed to provide the woman with proper assistance, she died before it touched the ground.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, January 3, and the report should clarify the circumstances of her demise. The Houston Police Department is currently investigating the incident, having forwarded the case to the homicide division.

All 234 people on board are being questioned about the young woman's case. The Harris County Institute for Forensic Sciences notes that others around her never noticed she was ill, and no reports were made surrounding her health or fitness. No signs of trauma were discovered either, prompting officials to continue their inquiry.
The pilot of an American Airlines Brazil - Dallas flight performed an emergency landing in Houston, when the crew noticed a passenger was in distress
   The pilot of an American Airlines Brazil - Dallas flight performed an emergency landing in Houston, when the crew noticed a passenger was in distress
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