Passenger Death Triggers Early Landing

Published 01/03 2013 03:29PM

Updated 01/03 2013 03:31PM

An American Airlines flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil bound for Dallas, Texas made an early landing in Houston Wednesday after a passenger collapsed and died mid-flight.

Houston police said the 25-year-old woman walked out of a lavatory then collapsed on American Airlines flight 962 from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

A doctor on board tried to save the woman's life, but it was too late. The woman died on the plane.

The plane, which was headed to Dallas, was diverted to Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and landed shortly after 6:30 a.m.

An autopsy will determine the cause of the woman's death. Her name has not been released.

Police said the flight continued on to Dallas more than two hours later and landed at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport shortly before 10:30 a.m.

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