Passenger Who Died On Flight Had Heart Problems

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a 61-year-old man who died on a flight that was diverted to Indianapolis over the weekend had heart-related illnesses and bone cancer.

But The Indianapolis Star reported  ( ) that results of an autopsy weren’t available Monday.

Police say a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Columbus, Ohio made an emergency landing at Indianapolis International Airport when Richard L. Herrell of San Antonio, Texas lost consciousness late Saturday. Medics were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the airport.

The Star says a woman traveling with Herrell said he had trouble breathing the night before and on the flight.

The woman said Herrell had been receiving chemotherapy.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star,

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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