Christmas tragedy as girl, 10, dies on flight to Heathrow

An Air Canada plane is seen at Pearson International Airport in this file

Air Canada says one of its Toronto-to-London flights diverted to Shannon, Ireland after the 10-year-old girl suffered a medical problem.

Open Skies flight BOS-4 was en route from NY to Paris when the crew made the decision to divert and land at the mid-west airport.

The flight departed from Pearson International Airport at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, and was later diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland due to the situation. Two units of the Shannon Fire Service were also requested to provide additional personnel to assist.

Despite best efforts made by the paramedics in the aircraft, the child was pronounced dead at the scene, and was then removed to University Hospital Limerick for a post-mortem examination.

A garda spokesman confirmed that the county coroner was informed of the tragedy.

The Boeing 787 with 230 passengers on board continued on to London.

The child was believed to have been travelling with three older siblings at the time.