Authorities identify man who died on Allegiant Air flight as 81-year-old Richard L Nootz

MESA, AZ - Authorities have released the name of a man who died on a flight from Nebraska to Arizona.

Mesa police said Friday that the passenger was 81-year-old Richard L. Nootz of Lincoln, Neb.

Allegiant Air officials say the incident occurred Thursday afternoon on Flight 115 from Grand Island, Neb.

Allegiant spokesman Justin Ralenkotter told Phoenix TV station KPHO that as the plane approached Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, the flight crew declared a medical emergency.

After the plane touched down at the Mesa airport, fire department officials say the passenger was pronounced dead.

Authorities say the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office is working to determine the cause of death.

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