8‑Year-Old Girl Dies on United Airlines Flight (Joplin, MO — Chicago)

8-Year-Old Girl Dies on United Airlines Flight (Joplin, MO - Chicago)
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A dev­as­tat­ing in-flight med­ical emer­gency result­ed in the death of an 8‑year-old girl, Syd­ney West­on, on a Unit­ed Air­lines flight (oper­at­ed by Sky­West) trav­el­ing from Joplin, Mis­souri to Chica­go on Thurs­day, June 13th, 2024.

Approx­i­mate­ly 45 min­utes into the flight, Syd­ney became ill and unre­spon­sive. Her fam­i­ly prompt­ly noti­fied the flight crew, who ini­ti­at­ed med­ical assis­tance. In response to the emer­gency, the flight divert­ed to Peo­ria, Illi­nois, where para­medics were waiting.

Trag­i­cal­ly, Syd­ney was not breath­ing and had no pulse upon dis­em­barka­tion. Despite resus­ci­ta­tion efforts at a near­by hos­pi­tal, she was pro­nounced deceased short­ly after 8:00 am.

The cause of Syd­ney’s death will be deter­mined by a sched­uled autopsy. 

She was vaca­tion­ing with her fam­i­ly when the inci­dent occurred. The Peo­ria Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office and coro­ner have extend­ed their heart­felt con­do­lences to the West­on fam­i­ly and every­one affect­ed by this heart­break­ing event.

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