Seattle Times staff and Associated Press reports
A boy who died on a Delta Air Lines flight Saturday passed away from natural causes likely related to a rare disease, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement Monday.
The boy was identified as Zachary Bisiar, 16.
“The cause of death is currently listed as ‘pending’ further microscopic and other studies, but is thought to be a rare complication of a rare disease process,” the medical examiner’s statement said.
Spokane Fire Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer told The Spokesman-Review that family members were traveling from Seattle to Atlanta that day because the boy’s father is being transferred from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the Tacoma area.
The boy had been cleared for the flight but suffered a medical emergency. His heart and breathing stopped. The crew performed CPR but couldn’t revive him.
The plane diverted to Spokane International Airport, where medics continued CPR without success.
Delta Air Lines Flight 128 had 258 passengers on board. Delta spokesman Michael Thomas says passengers later returned to the plane to complete their trip.