Officials release identity of woman dead on flight

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Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

HOUSTON (AP) - Autopsy results are pending for a woman who died aboard an airline flight from Brazil to Dallas-Fort Worth, forcing an emergency landing in Houston.

The Harris County medical examiner's office identified the woman as Helen Anasthacia De Oliveira Leite. Spokeswoman Tricia Bentley says she had no hometown for the woman, saying only that she was a Brazilian national.

She said the autopsy has been completed but her cause of death not yet finalized.

According to authorities, the American Airlines Boeing 777 left Sao Paolo for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with 220 passengers and 14 crew members aboard. The woman went into medical distress, the flight crew and a doctor who happened to be on board worked unsuccessfully to treat her. The plane was diverted to Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport.

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