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10-Year-Old Girl Dies After Plane Takes Off From LAX

Janice Xu is believed to have suffered cardiac arrest on flight from LA to Seattle
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2019 12:23 PM CST

(Newser) – A young girl was pronounced dead Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport after she suffered an apparent cardiac arrest on her Delta Air Lines flight that had just taken off for Seattle, forcing the plane to return due to the medical emergency, CBS News reports. CBS Los Angeles notes the girl died at around 5:40pm, shortly after Flight 2423 had left LAX. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics rushed to the scene once the plane landed and "furiously worked to save her life," the LAFD says in a release. "Sadly, all efforts were futile and the child was beyond medical help."

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office has identified the child as 10-year-old Janice Xu, per CNN. An autopsy will be performed, and the coroner's office is investigating. The LAPD, which has already ruled out foul play, won't be involved in any further investigations, a police rep says. (Read more Delta Air Lines stories.)

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