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Officials: Passenger dead after medical emergency on plane

October 9, 2018

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a passenger on a flight to Shanghai has been pronounced dead after the plane returned to Detroit Metropolitan Airport due to a medical emergency.

Delta Air Lines says Flight 583 took off from the airport in the Detroit suburb of Romulus on Monday afternoon and the emergency was declared a few hours later. The Detroit Free Press reports the crew decided to return to Detroit and the passenger was declared dead at the airport.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday identified the passenger as 62-year-old Yury Rubel and said he died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease. The death was ruled a natural death. The hometown of the passenger wasn’t immediately available.

Delta spokeswoman Lisa Hellerstedt tells The Associated Press the airline wasn’t releasing additional details.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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