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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a Southwest Airlines flight was diverted to Tulsa after a passenger went into cardiac arrest and died.

Flight 1274 left St. Louis around 3 p.m. Wednesday and was headed to Phoenix when the 71-year-old man fell ill. The flight landed at Tulsa International Airport about an hour later.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Olga Romero says there were medical personnel on board the flight who coordinated with crews on the ground to treat him. But authorities say the passenger was pronounced dead upon arriving at the airport.

Police Sgt. Tim Lewandowski told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/vdPZkN) the man was identified as David Dougherty. He says Dougherty had a terminal illness.

Romero says there were 101 passengers on board. The remaining passengers left for Phoenix Wednesday evening.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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