8-Year-Old Girl Dies Suddenly on Flight from Missouri to Chicago

An 8-year-old Missouri girl has died suddenly after suffering an “unknown ailment” as her family was flying to Chicago for vacation.

Sydney Weston, described as a “beautiful little light,” was flying on SkyWest Flight 5121 when she was killed by an unknown “medical emergency.”

The commercial flight made an emergency landing but the young child was confirmed to have died when the flight was grounded.

Little Sydney received “aggressive resuscitative efforts” after falling sick mid-flight, according to officials.

Sydney, from Carl Junction, Missouri, was traveling with her parents Whitney and Dan, and her older brother Evan, with her maternal grandmother Teri Carlson posted a tribute to her granddaughter on Facebook.

The post prompted others to leave their thoughts and prayers for the eight-year-old.

One poster said: “She was such a treasure… it just not real yet.

“I don’t know that it ever will be. My Love and hugs are with you all.”

Another user added: “What a beautiful little light.

“My heart is so broken for you and her family.”

The flight was operated in partnership with United Airlines, which departed from Joplin, Missouri, on Thursday at 6 am.

The plane was headed to Chicago when it diverted to Peoria, Illinois, about 45 minutes after take off.

The girl became ill and then unresponsive before the flight made an emergency landing.

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When the plane landed, it was confirmed that she had tragically passed away from an “unknown ailment.”

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office said: “When the plane landed Deputies, AMT Personnel, and Air National Guard Fire personnel immediately received the 8-year-old female child and began life-saving measures.

“The child was transported to a local hospital by AMT where she was unfortunately pronounced deceased.

“Please keep the child’s family and everyone who was involved in this traumatic experience in your thoughts and prayers.”

The coroner’s office said the child suddenly became “unresponsive” during the flight.

The Peoria County Coroner’s Office revealed that, although emergency workers attempted life-saving efforts, she was later declared dead upon her arrival at a nearby hospital.

A statement from the coroner’s office continued:

“Her family immediately notified the flight personnel of her condition, and they began rapidly rendering aid.

“She was not breathing and had no pulse,” the statement reads, referring to when the plane made an emergency landing in Peoria.

According to the coroner’s office, Weston was pronounced dead at OSF Healthcare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria at 8:05 a.m. despite “aggressive resuscitative efforts.”

Sydney’s actual cause of death has not been revealed.

The flight was operated by SkyWest, which operates through partnerships with United, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines.

A SkyWest spokesperson said:

“We appreciate the efforts of our crewmembers who responded quickly to assist and the medical personnel who met the aircraft.”

Flight 5121 took off to Chicago again before 1 pm Thursday.

It comes after a 41-year-old American man died earlier this week while flying on a Fiji Airways trip from Nadi, Fiji to San Francisco.

According to a statement from the airline, the unidentified man “encountered a medical condition” on Fiji Airways aircraft FJ780.

The plane was 90 minutes away from San Francisco International Airport when the passenger died suddenly.

Despite the efforts of the onboard doctor and cabin staff, the man did not survive.

The Airbus crew declared a medical emergency, according to FlightAware.

They then made a safe landing at San Francisco International Airport at 2:34 p.m.

The passenger’s actual cause of death was not made public.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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