Girl dies after falling ill on transatlantic flight

Published: 10:14 GMT, Dec 25, 2016 |

A 10-year-old girl died Saturday after falling ill aboard a transatlantic Air Canada flight. The airline says Toronto-to-London flight AC868 diverted to Shannon, Ireland, after the child suffered a medical problem.

Air Canada says a doctor and a nurse were on board the plane and helped the flight crew to assist the child. Emergency crews met the aircraft when it landed in Ireland, but Air Canada says local medical authorities pronounced the girl dead.

The Boeing 787 with 230 passengers on board continued on to London. The Irish Sun reported that the coroner’s office has been informed and a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

“We are deeply saddened by this situation and we are doing all we can to assist the family in these tragic circumstances,” Air Canada said in a statement, adding it could not provide additional information due to privacy concerns.

Neither the airline nor the Canadian government could immediately confirm the girl’s nationality.