Air New Zealand passenger dies onboard flight to Auckland

A man has died onboard a flight from Hong Kong to Auckland.

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Air New Zealand flight NZ80 was diverted to Cairns International Airport in Queensland, Australia, when a medical emergency was identified.

But the passenger, understood to be over 60, died on the descent into Cairns, according to Stuff.


The Boeing 789 aircraft, which took off from Hong Kong at around 5.45pm local time, was due to land in Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, at around 9.30am on 7 January. Instead, it was diverted to Cairns, where it landed at around 2.30am.

It has been reported that the man was diabetic and had forgotten to take his insulin with him.


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