Girl who died on flight to London was Canadian

Air Canada Boeing 777
An Air Canada Boeing 777 departing Toronto Pearson International Airport.

OTTAWA – Global Affairs Canada is confirming that a 10-year-old girl who died Christmas Eve after falling ill aboard a transatlantic Air Canada flight was Canadian.

The Toronto-to-London flight diverted to Shannon, Ireland, after the child suffered a medical problem.

In a statement Tuesday, Global Affairs says Canadian officials have reached out to the family and are providing consular assistance.

There is no word on what part of Canada the girl was from or the cause of death.

Global Affairs says the family is wishing for privacy at this time.

Air Canada said Saturday a doctor and a nurse were on board the plane and helped the flight crew to assist the child.

Emergency crews met the aircraft when it landed in Ireland, but local medical authorities pronounced the girl dead on scene.