Thursday, 9 December 2021

Girl, 10, dies after suffering cardiac arrest on Canadian flight to London

LONDON: A 10-year-old girl has died after suffering a cardiac arrest on a transatlantic flight to London.  The child, who was reportedly with three adult siblings, was travelling on board Air Canada flight AC-868 from Toronto to London Heathrow at the time.  After reporting the emergency to air traffic controllers, the crew diverted the plane to Shannon airport in Ireland, where emergency services met them on arrival at 7.40pm. The child was taken to University Hospital Limerick, where she was later pronounced dead. Two doctors and a nurse were on board the flight to treat the girl, as well as a ground-based medical support network, the airline said. Air Canada said it was assisting the family involved. “We are deeply saddened by this situation and we are doing all we can to assist the family in these tragic circumstances,” Peter Fitzpatrick, an airline spokesman, said. The coroner’s office had been informed and a post-mortem examination would be carried out. The Boeing 787 flight, which had 230 passengers on board, later continued its journey to London at 9.20pm.

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