Girl, 10, dies of suspected heart attack on plane at LAX, officials say

10-year-old dies of suspected heart attack while on plane at LAX

LOS ANGELES — A child has died of a suspected cardiac arrest aboard a flight departing Los Angeles International Airport, multiple news outlets reported.

According to NBC4, paramedics responded Thursday night to render medical aid to the 10-year-old girl, but “all efforts were futile, and the child was beyond medical help,” the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert.

Update 11:10 a.m. EST Dec. 28: The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the child as Janice Xu, of West Vancouver, Canada, according to KIRO7. Delta flight 2423 was headed to Seattle from Los Angeles but returned to Los Angeles International Airport, the television station reported.

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Xu was pronounced dead at the scene.

Original report: KABC reported the girl, believed to be 10, was on Delta Flight 2423 from LAX to Seattle when an unspecified medical emergency occurred. The plane turned around while still over Southern California to return to LAX, but the child was pronounced dead by paramedics upon landing.

The Los Angeles Police Department will investigate the death, NBC4 reported.