Man, 38, dies on Air Canada flight to Australia while travelling with his family

The plane was diverted via Hawaii. (Getty)
The plane was diverted via Hawaii. (Getty)

A father of five has died on an Air Canada flight bound for Australia while flying with his family.

Christopher Woodgate, 38, was pronounced dead when the flight landed in Honolulu after the jet was diverted to Hawaii.

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Kira Paiva-Kimura, an administrative services officer for the Honolulu medical examiner's office, announced his death on Monday and said a post-mortem examination is set to be conducted.

The plane had been heading for Brisbane, Australia, according to Peter Fitzpatrick, an Air Canada spokesman.

The Air Canada flight had been heading for Brisbane, Australia (Getty)
The Air Canada flight had been heading for Brisbane, Australia (Getty)

He would not provide 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 sick prior to the flight, Jessica Lani Rich of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, a nonprofit that assists visitors in distress, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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The man was traveling with five children, his wife and another family member, Ms Rich said.

Her organisation also hired a nurse to care overnight for an 11-year-old passenger travelling alone.

There were 257 passengers and 13 crew members on the flight.

The airline provided passengers with hotel and food vouchers. The passengers left Honolulu on a different flight on Sunday.

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