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Air Canada flight diverted over dead passenger Christopher Woodgate

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HONOLULU – An Air Canada flight to Australia was diverted to Honolulu over the weekend because of a dead passenger.

Passenger Christopher Woodgate, 38, was pronounced dead when the flight landed in Honolulu on Saturday, said Kira Paiva-Kimura, director of administrative services for Honolulu's medical office. An autopsy will be performed.

The flight from Vancouver went to Brisbane, Australia, when it was diverted to Honolulu because of a medical emergency, said Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for Air Canada.

He did not provide details of what happened to the passenger.

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"Out of respect for our customers' privacy, Air Canada cannot confirm the details of the medical emergency," he said in an email.

The man was already sick before the flight, Jessica Lani Rich of the Hawaii Aloha Visitor Society, a nonprofit organization that helps visitors in distress, told Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The man was traveling with five children, his wife and another family member, Rich said. Her organization also hired a nurse to take care of an 11-year-old passenger traveling alone.

There were 257 passengers and 13 crew on the flight. The airline provided passengers with hotel and food vouchers. Passengers left Honolulu Sunday on another flight, Fitzpatrick said.

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