Plane diverted to Rochester, medical emergency

Published 10:20 am Thursday, December 19, 2013

ROCHESTER — A flight home from Florida ended tragically for a Minnesota family after their plane was diverted to Rochester for a medical emergency.

Authorities say a Sun Country flight was en route to Minneapolis from Fort Myers, Fla., but was diverted to Greater Rochester International Airport Monday night.

A 77-year-old Shakopee man on the flight was sitting next to his wife when he suffered an unspecified medical problem. People on board the plane administered CPR in flight.

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Olmsted County sheriff’s officials said paramedics were waiting on the runway when the plane landed. Paramedics were unsuccessful in trying to revive him and he was pronounced dead.