Qantas plane diverted due to sudden death

A QANTASLINK flight from Rockhampton to Brisbane diverted back to Rockhampton Airport yesterday morning due to a medical emergency.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson confirmed there was a death on the aircraft.

The spokesperson said the flight took off from Rockhampton and was 10 minutes into its journey when a 74-year-old man became unwell.

"The plane was turned around and the man went into cardiac arrest on the plane," the spokesperson said. "There were two registered nurses on the flight and they performed CPR on the man.

"When the plane landed, the Rockhampton Airport firefighters took the man off the plane and performed CPR.

"The Queensland Ambulance paramedics arrived and performed CPR but the man was declared deceased on the tarmac."

Qantas did not wish to comment on the matter.



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