Corpse found on Delta Airlines flight

Delta flight attendants working a Los Angeles — Atlanta route yesterday discovered the body of a dead 61-year-old woman in the lavatory not long before the plane landed.

There are still a lot of questions: Investigators do not know how the woman died, or how long she had been in the lavatory. She might not have been discovered if crew members hadn’t noticed that the lavatory was occupied as the plane went into final approach.

Police met the plane and removed the body, taking it to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for an autopsy that was expected to be completed today.

MedAire, an Arizona company that makes doctors available on the ground to help flight crews in medical emergencies, says it counted a total of 89 in-flight deaths among the situations it handled in 2006, the last year for which it had data, according to the Associated Press.