Delta flight

A Delta Airlines jet prepares to depart from the Billings airport in June 2013. An Alabama man died Wednesday on a Delta flight, which was then diverted to Billings.

LARRY MAYER/Gazette Staff

The man who died Wednesday on a commercial flight that was diverted to Billings Logan International Airport has been identified as 70-year-old Charles Blackwell.

The Atmore, Ala., man experienced a heart attack while a passenger on Delta flight 2329 traveling from Atlanta, Ga., to Seattle, Wash.

He was identified Friday by Yellowstone County Assistant Coroner Cliff Mahoney.

The flight was diverted to Billings just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Emergency response personnel boarded the plane and determined that Blackwell was deceased, according to Mike Glancy, airport operations and ARFF supervisor. 

A medical doctor traveling on the flight had been tending to the man before the emergency landing, Glancy said.

Paramedics received permission from the coroner's office to remove the deceased from the plane while passengers remained on board. 

The flight departed 2½ hours after arriving in Billings.

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