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Brazil-to-Dallas flight diverts to Houston after woman dies

Erin Mulvaney and Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 2:11 pm, Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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An American Airlines plane was diverted to a Houston airport after a 25-year-old woman died during a flight en route from Brazil to Dallas Wednesday morning.

The plane landed at Bush Intercontinental Airport around 7 a.m. and the woman, who has not been identified, was dead, according to Houston Police Department spokeswoman Jodi Silva.

The cause of death is pending autopsy results with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

American Airlines officials said Flight 962 later continued to Dallas, where it landed about 10:25 a.m. The Boeing 777 had departed Sao Paolo, Brazil, at 1:12 a.m. with 220 passengers and 14 crew members. The officials said the flight was diverted to Bush for a medical emergency involving an ill passenger, but they could not provide any further information about the case.