A woman died on a plane flying from Brazil to Dallas, Texas this morning. The plane was diverted to Houston after the woman was pronounced dead aboard the aircraft.
According to ABC, the woman was 25-years-old. Police have not released her name yet.
Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said that homicide detectives were called to George Bush Intercontinental Airport early Wednesday morning to investigate the scene. An autopsy will be performed, but detectives say that there was no signs of trauma on the body.
American Airlines Flight 962 left Sao Paolo Brazil a little after midnight on Wednesday morning and was headed for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. A medical emergency was reported at around 6:30, and the plane made an emergency landing at the Houston airport.
The body of the 25-year-old woman was taken to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences where police are continuing their investigation after a medical examiner announces the official cause of death.
American Airlines released a statement about the incident but did not elaborate on the “medical emergency” that occurred on the plane.
“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.”
Fox News reports that the plane, which was carrying more than 220 passengers, continued on its way to Dallas-Fort Worth at around 9 am.
This isn’t the first time that a person has died mid-flight. This summer a man was forced to sit next to a dead passenger on a 10 hour flight.