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Woman Dies On Plane Traveling From Brazil To Texas

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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.

AA said:

“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.

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127 Responses to “Woman Dies On Plane Traveling From Brazil To Texas”

  1. Nelson Mateus

    It's possible this woman was a mule carrying drugs in her stomach and one of the bags exploded. How else does a 25year old die on a plane with no evidence of physical trauma.

  2. Donna Young

    My thoughts exactly – would being willing to bet real money that drugs will be found inside her during the autopsy. Sad she was so young, but she should have known better.

  3. Vivian Marcott

    That is what a lot of commenters are questioning on the local stations

  4. Tom Schenk

    People die on planes all the time. The airlines usually don't make a big media stir about it. It'
    s not good PR.

  5. Eric Cagwin

    Complication of Immobility? Possibly a DVT? (blood clot)….

  6. Kathy O'Brian

    Stroke, aneurysm, DVT, undiagnosed heart disease; any number of thing's other than carrying drugs could have caused the woman's death. When a bag of heroin, meth, etc. explodes in the abdomen there will be obvious distention of the abdomen and foaming of the mouth and nose due to the drugs combining with stomach acid; foam will form and travel up the esophagus into the throat and sinus cavity. Not saying that's not what happened, just that there are many other possibilities. My sister was 26 when she died from a blood clot that formed in her leg (oral birth control) and traveled to her brain stem when it exploded, she died instantly while sitting in class.

  7. Kathy O'Brian

    If, and that's quite a conclusion to jump to this early on, that's what happened; sometimes they have no choice. The drug lords will slaughter them if they don't comply; either way they're doomed.

  8. Anonymous

    She could have developed a blood clot from sitting so long on the plane. That is why it is important to change positions and move frequently on long flights.

  9. Kathy O'Brian

    Thank you Wayne, nice to see that not everyone jumps to the conclusion that this young woman was a drug mule simply because of where the flight originated from.

  10. Kathy O'Brian

    Thank you Wayne, nice to see that not everyone jumps to the conclusion that this young woman was a drug mule simply because of where the flight originated from.

  11. Crystal Lovedahl Kline

    Kathy, thank you for being a voice of reason and information. I'm so sorry for the loss of your sister.

  12. Anonymous

    Most anything can happen to anyone at any time, but as an ER nurse with 40 years experience, I can tell you that stroke, aneurysm, DVT, etc., in a 25 year old is HIGHLY unlikely! Like Nelson, the first thing that crossed my mind, when I saw the headline, was a busted condom of heroin or cocaine. Sadly, it's an all too common occurrence!

  13. Cassandra Stewart

    oh bless your heart Kathy, that is horrible! Thanks for sharing because that is what I supposed here too

  14. Vicki Osborn

    Ususally a person will not be declared dead on the aircraft. The plane will land, the body will be taken off the plane and declared dead. The reason for that is the plane will be impounded.

  15. Michael Flynn

    Uh.. going out on a limb here… a few of the balloons full of cocaine or heroin broke in her stomach… blamo.

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  18. Cara Colletti

    Kathy O'Brian I'm so sorry for the lost of your sister. I lost my brother 2 years ago. He was 49 and passed away in his sleep. The shock is unbelieveable.

  19. Eric Cagwin

    Sweet Hellfire Of Shiva. How the hell did this end up on my freakin' facebook page?? Hi Kathy Jaral Kabat!!!

  20. Anonymous

    Not as uncommon as you think. I had a guy sitting next to me die on a flight out of LAX once. He was slumped over in his seat with his hat pulled over his face, and I thought he was sleeping. Only when we went to land a few hours later, he wasn't responding to the Flight Attendant's instructions to raise his seat upright, etc. I shook him, and that's when I realized he was dead. Quite an ending to an otherwise uneventful flight. I never did hear what caused his death.

  21. Anonymous

    @Kathy O'Brian, NOT jumping to conclusions. Speculating based on recent history. Why else does a 25 year old woman die unexpectedly on a plane? Duh… gee…. let me think…. well, people do that sometimes when the cocaine-filled condom in their stomach ruptures. Could that be the case here? It's high on the list of SUSPICION! No conclusion being drawn here, just a suspicion. It's still legal to have suspicions, right?

  22. Drew McKenzie

    Yeah, thats the first thing I thought of when they said a 25 year old died with no physical trauma…. Bag or condom, which I heard they use busted & the drug was more than likely Coke

  23. Mandy Rossi

    eric, in flight blood clot has my vote. they will likely call it natural causes, even though she would likely not have blown one if she did not fly.

  24. Dennis Benson

    I hate to say this but why in heavens name would you get on a AA plane. You must have read a newspaper over the last 12 years.

  25. Anonymous

    Kathy O'Brian That is so true. It could be a number of hidden medical reasons as to why this happened. This is a tragic, but scary.

  26. Denise Marshall

    Are you all for real? Since this is a 30 second read, maybe she has a medical condition that you all in your infinite wisdom are unaware of? Who knows…. but definitely not you and whether it's just "suspicion" or not, it's pretty sick that this girl is dead, her family is going to bury her, loved ones are going to grieve and you are on here posting your gossip about the situation. Are you really so judgemental that you have to sit here and accuse this woman now that she can't defend herself? What a bunch of sick, sad people.

  27. Anonymous

    Mandy Rossi Thanks! I am seriously going to look that up. This kind of info is good to know. Thanks for putting it out there.

  28. Linda Jones

    I'm with you Kathy. How sad for the people of Brazil that so many make that assumption. There are so many other possibilities as to why this young woman may have died.

  29. Dave Dobbs

    DVT's or deep vein blood clots behind the knees in long distance flights from immobility are the silent killer and number one cause of death. Judges need to ok the lawsuits and Airlines need to warn every passenger of this silent killer! I know;I had one myself…

  30. Dustin Hoffman

    Sudden death in a 25 yo coming from South America…..I would go with cocaine as number one. DVT in a 25 yo could be another cause but obesity or some other aggravating predisposing factor would also be needed because of the young age.

  31. Daphne Litton

    Perhaps she had a hidden disease which caused her demise? If so, those passengers may be infected.

  32. Selina Kylcatwm

    I feel the same Crystal adn Kathy about the voice of reason. IMO I don't see how one media report for 30 or so seconds can really say what happened other than rampant speculation and conjecture.

  33. Patricia Gerardi

    They do tell you not to fly if you have been scuba diving too. Give your body a day to recover. Not a lot of people know that. You have much more of a chance of your blood clotting after going scuba or deep sea diving afterwards. It's better to give your body a day of rest before getting on a plane.

  34. Anonymous

    Eric Cagwin If you have a Facebook page you shouldn't have to ask.

  35. Lance EN

    And this is why I wear compression stocking and prophlax with aspirin when I travel. Despight being young and healthy it can really happen to anybody.

  36. Steve Yochim

    good answer! more than possible, highly probable, given her starting location, age, etc.

    if only Quincy, House, or a CSI was there. though they couldnt do anything until AFTER she died.

  37. Steve Yochim

    good answer! more than possible, highly probable, given her starting location, age, etc.

    if only Quincy, House, or a CSI was there. though they couldnt do anything until AFTER she died.

  38. Steve Yochim

    that's actually a fairly logical conclusion to make to the facts at hand.

    move along to your school church group and carry on.

  39. Steve Yochim

    that's actually a fairly logical conclusion to make to the facts at hand.

    move along to your school church group and carry on.

  40. Angie Jones

    Steve Yochim: Denise isn't stating nor implying – as far as I can tell – that what others are saying is illogical. What she's saying is that it's unfair for people to make rash determinations about her death, whether logical or not. Is it safe to assume that if your dead daughter, or your dead sister or your dead mother or anyone else in your family for that matter, passed away on a plane with no obvious trauma to her body, and people said things like what's being said about this woman, it would create a different Facebook message than what you posted"
    I think so.
    Now move along and carry on.

  41. Angie Jones

    Steve Yochim: Denise isn't stating nor implying – as far as I can tell – that what others are saying is illogical. What she's saying is that it's unfair for people to make rash determinations about her death, whether logical or not. Is it safe to assume that if your dead daughter, or your dead sister or your dead mother or anyone else in your family for that matter, passed away on a plane with no obvious trauma to her body, and people said things like what's being said about this woman, it would create a different Facebook message than what you posted?
    I think so.
    Now you move along and carry on.

  42. Anonymous

    I don't know? Maybe it's just me? But do you think maybe a few of the balloons full of cocaine or heroin broke in her stomach opened, and she was gone in minutes!

  43. Keith Erickson

    People die on aircraft all the time. Weekly I would safely say. The "fact" I would question in the story is her being pronounced dead on the flight in the air. A person is NEVER pronounced dead on an aircraft. They always have to have a person on the ground declare someone dead when the body is off the aircraft.

  44. Barnie Tolstad

    u have got your compression and decompressions mixed up here. the bends are caused by coming up too fast, loosing compression, where nitrogen bubbles are formed, causing pain. cabins have to be compressed because as u gain altitude u loose compression, etc. i know what u r trying to say, but i have a pilot buddy and he has never heard of that.

  45. Walter Griffith

    for the 1's that are saying she was a drug mule I would have to disagree they didn't say she was acting crazy or jumpy more that 75% of the time they will because the drug will make the body sweet and almost like they were on herwine sorry on spelling.

  46. Gretchen Ellis

    My aunt, Elsibeth S. Botts, widow of the VP of Phillips Petroleum and NOT a drug mule, developed a "very hot lump" in her right leg on an American flight from Chicago to Tulsa. Since Aunt Elsie was 102 she was traveling with a companion, an airline rule. The lady with Aunt E tried to get cabin attenddents to treat her, but they were too busy serving brunch. The clot moved to her brain and a portion to her lung. Aunt Elsie lived another year in the Phillips nursing home in Bartlesville, OK, and died at 103. She was an area-wide artist, famous for her religious paintings. Again, she was not a drug mule.

  47. Alan Joseph

    You know, I've been to Texas once. Given the choice between going to Texas and dying, I'd likely choose death this time, too.

  48. Alan Joseph

    ddunker, Mandy is correct, a blood clot could do it. So could other kinds of emboli. She could also have had an anuerysm rupture due to change in pressure. For all we know, maybe she ate an orange with thallium dust in it. btw, I am a nurse and a former military medic…I've heard of similar things.

  49. Izuchukwu Christopher

    mr death comes like thief, nobody knows what she went through, maybe she answered her call from her creator. people are saying that she may have drugs inside her cause of the origin of the flight, well we are not to conclude yet over what killed her, is only God that knows it all for now. but whatever can kill her, am just praying the almighty God to accept her soul in peace…AMEN.

  50. Anonymous

    I am a 25 year old girl who has been to Brazil, Portugal, even Siberia. I also had my first cardiac arrest (not a heart attack) at 8 years old and have had 5 more since then. I have a defibrillator inside my chest because without it I will die, again, as did my sister for good at age 14 from the same condition. I have been on planes and I was not a drug mule. My mom would be crushed if people said this about me if I died on a plane. People get sick. People suddenly die. This exists…the gossipers are all fortunate not to have had to learn this yet, apparently!

  51. Joseph Bronson

    Sorry for the woman, it is too bad. But in response to Eric Cagwin's comment, the same thing happens to me. Everythime I read something on Yahoo or Google it ends up on Facebook. Not that it is a big deal. Just wondering how that happens.

  52. Carlos Boria

    Kathy, Sorry for the loss of your sister at 26 years old. I am sorry about the Brazilian girl dying during the US flight as well.

  53. Anonymous

    My question is, why wasn't everyone on board quarantined? She could have died from some leathal infection that could spread. Now the other 200 plus passengers are out in the public and could be walking time bombs.

  54. Anonymous

    OMG! I really get off on all you armchair know- it-alls that feel the need to conjecture about what caused this poor woman's death. None of you know jack sh*t. Get lives, all of you.

  55. Anonymous

    OMG! I really get off on all you armchair know- it-alls that feel the need to conjecture about what caused this poor woman's death. None of you know jack sh*t. Get lives, all of you.

  56. Cole Cooper

    Sitting in one place for hours on end is actually quite dangerous to your health. Sitting for hours on end can by itself cause blood clots along with your demise.

  57. Katie Uwish Doyle

    I wonder if she went to the bathroom. I heard of a spider. New species. One bite and your gone.

  58. Trevor Best

    While not getting on the Bandwagon of speculators, and while considering all the other possibilities, one cannot rule out the possibility that she could have been a mule. It is very seldom that an otherwise healthy young person dies suddenly, and more so in midair. given that this is a preliminary report it is normal for people to speculate. We should bare in mind that speculation is not accusation, and given that the absence of facts will give rise to speculation, it is almost normal to expect this reaction from many.

  59. Trevor Best

    While not getting on the Bandwagon of speculators, and while considering all the other possibilities, one cannot rule out the possibility that she could have been a mule. It is very seldom that an otherwise healthy young person dies suddenly, and more so in midair. given that this is a preliminary report it is normal for people to speculate. We should bare in mind that speculation is not accusation, and given that the absence of facts will give rise to speculation, it is almost normal to expect this reaction from many.

  60. Lily Bernhardt-De Deus

    I have a home in Brasil and have been traveling back and forth for many years now, I know people are individuals but knowing the country and people of Brasil I don't think it is likely a coke thing. I can also say I've been to Colombia. Just saying

  61. Anonymous

    Hey Denise, my infinite wisdom tells me you have a medical condition.. The cure is getting laid..

  62. Scott Bernal

    Perish the thought, but she could have had a deadly communicable disease, ie, Ebola, hantavirus or others. That means there are 200+, unwitting carriers.

  63. Dave Tremblay

    They couldn't find a real picture of an AA Jet…the picture is from a Microsoft Flight Simulator.

  64. Terri Nobles

    While its noble of you, other articles state she was sick and treated on board and died. Therefore wasnt a 'simple blood clot' its human nature to be curious of the 'un explainable' so need to feel so self righteously

  65. Terri Nobles

    Kathy O'Brian While its noble of you, other articles state she was sick and treated on board and died. Therefore wasnt a 'simple blood clot' its human nature to be curious of the 'un explainable' so no need to feel so self righteously

  66. Karen Sue Dunlap-Heaverlo

    I was on a Delta flight in May and a very healthy looking youg man sitting in the row in front of me had a seizure….the flight attendant's response was OH SHI* not how I thought she should react during and emergency medical situation. Are they trained to be able to give any medical attention? She had no clue she was yelling do we have a doctor on board? Thank god there was a doctor and a peramedic too they were traveling they were not part of the staff. Should there be a staff member that is in the medical field on board. I would think this is something that should have been thought of years ago. The man was ok after they helped but it was pretty scarry……

  67. Michael Anderson

    ddunker51 – Here in Georgia a 27 year old 6 year Marine veteran who was in GREAT physical condition suddenly dropped dead from a heart attack. Its not rocet science some heart conditions can go undetected at birth & can be fatal years later. Sorry chump but when its your time its simply your time!

  68. Erica Vieira

    I think people should just wait until the results of the autopsy come out. We don't know if she had any undisclosed medical condition. Lets let her rest in peace and stop with all the accusations her family has most likely only just been notified.

  69. Erica Vieira

    I think people should just wait until the results of the autopsy come out. We don't know if she had any undisclosed medical condition. Lets let her rest in peace and stop with all the accusations her family has most likely only just been notified.

  70. Anonymous

    I would hypothesize that teh cause of death was a combination of factors, including the heart ceasing ti beat the lugs faiing t breath, and brain activity falling to zero.