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Father Dies On Air Canada Flight From Vancouver To Brisbane

An Australian man travelling with his wife and children on an Air Canada flight to Brisbane has died during the journey.

Passenger Christopher Woodgate, 38, was pronounced dead when the flight landed in Honolulu on Saturday after being diverted, according to Kira Paiva-Kimura, an administrative services officer for the Honolulu medical examiner's office.

An autopsy will be conducted.

Woodgate's wife wrote her family is in "a state of disbelief and shock".

"Our world will never be the same," she wrote on Facebook.

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

He would not provide details about what happened to the passenger.

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

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The man had been sick prior to the flight, Jessica Lani Rich of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, a nonprofit that assists visitors in distress, told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The man was travelling with his children, his wife, and another family member, Rich said.

Her organisation also hired a nurse to care overnight for an 11-year-old passenger travelling alone.

There were 257 passengers and 13 crew members on the flight.

The airline provided passengers with hotel and food vouchers.

The passengers left Honolulu on Sunday on a different flight, Fitzpatrick said.