A 10-year-old girl died on Thursday night after appearing to go into cardiac arrest on a Delta flight that left Los Angeles.
Flight 2423 bound for Seattle took off from Los Angeles International Airport at 5:30 p.m. local time but turned back soon after so the girl, who has not been named, could receive medical attention.
"Paramedics responded to a medical aid for a minor female child and furiously worked to save her life," the Los Angeles Fire Department said. "Sadly, all efforts were futile and the child was beyond medical help."
A 10-year-old girl died on Thursday after apparently suffering cardiac arrest on board a Delta flight departing from Los Angeles.
The plane took off from Los Angeles International Airport for Seattle at 5:30 p.m. local time but turned back soon after so the girl, who has not been named, could receive medical attention, KTLA 5 reported.
It landed at 5:51 p.m., according to the flight-tracking site Flight Radar.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement it arrived at the plane on the runway about 6 p.m. but was too late to save the child: "LAFD paramedics responded to a medical aid for a minor female child and furiously worked to save her life. Sadly, all efforts were futile and the child was beyond medical help. Her death was determined on scene."
The LAFD described the emergency as "cardiac arrest."
In a statement, Delta told KOMO News: "Delta flight 2423 from Los Angeles to Seattle returned to Los Angeles International Airport shortly after takeoff due to a medical emergency onboard.
"The flight was met by paramedics. Delta is working to reaccommodate customers to their final destination."
The LAFD said the LA coroner would determine cause of death.
Cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack. A heart attack is caused by a lack of blood to the heart, whereas cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating altogether.
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