Passenger dies on board Qantas; plane forced to divert

A Qantas flight was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Adelaide overnight after a female passenger died on board.

The early morning QF2 flight from London, via Singapore was forced to land in Adelaide because of the incident.

The jet was travelling from London to Sydney when a medical emergency occurred, a Qantas spokeswoman told

Flight crew and a doctor travelling on board battled to save the critically-ill passenger.

A witness on board said there were very dramatic scenes as crew members and some passengers tried to save the life of the woman behind curtains just a few metres away from the kitchen gallery.

The plane landed at Adelaide airport at about 4.30am.

“Our crew did everything they could, including helping perform CPR with a doctor who was on board, but unfortunately the passenger has passed away,” the spokeswoman said.

“Our thoughts are with the passenger’s family.” The flight has landed in Sydney about two hours behind schedule.

The identity of the passenger was withheld pending notification of the family.

It then took off and headed to Sydney which was its original final destination.

Police were advised that the Qantas flight bound for Sydney had to be diverted to Adelaide. The passenger’s death was not treated as suspicious.

Updated: 07/31/2018 — 21:53:08