HONOLULU – An Air Canada flight to Australia was diverted to Honolulu over the weekend due to a dead passenger.
Passenger Christopher Woodgate, 38, was pronounced dead when the flight landed in Honolulu on Saturday, said Kira Paiva-Kimura, an administrative services officer at the Honolulu coroner’s office. An autopsy will be performed.
The flight from Vancouver was headed to Brisbane, Australia, when it was diverted to Honolulu due to a medical emergency, said Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for Air Canada.
He did not give details about what happened to the passenger.
“Out of respect for the privacy of our customers, Air Canada cannot confirm the details about the medical emergency,” he said in an email.
The man had been ill before the flight, Jessica Lani Rich of the Aloha Visitor Society of Hawaii, a nonprofit organization that helps troubled visitors, he told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The man was traveling with five children, his wife and another family member, Rich said. His organization also hired a nurse to take care of an 11-year-old passenger who travels alone overnight.
There were 257 passengers and 13 crew members on the flight. The airline provided passengers with hotel and food coupons. Passengers left Honolulu on a different flight Sunday, Fitzpatrick said.