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Lincoln Man Dies on Flight from Grand Island to Arizona

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Authorities are investigating the cause of death of a Lincoln man who died while on a flight from Grand Island to Arizona.

According to Arizona officials, 81-year-old Richard Nootz died on Flight 115, an Allegiant Air flight.

Allegiant spokesman Justin Ralenkotter said as the plane approached Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Thursday afternoon, the flight crew declared a medical emergency.

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

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

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