Easyjet passenger dies after falling ill on flight from Spain to UK

An easyJet passenger who became unwell during a flight from Spain to the UK has died.

The 63-year-old man fell ill on New Year's Day on the journey from Alicante to Newcastle.

He was given medical assistance on board and paramedics treated him when the aircraft landed.

But he was pronounced dead a short time later.

His death is not thought to be suspicious.

In a statement, the airline said: "easyJet can confirm that a passenger was taken ill on board flight EZY6418 from Alicante to Newcastle on 1 January.

"Medical assistance was provided to the passenger on board and the crew requested paramedics to attend upon landing to provide further medical assistance, however the passenger sadly passed away.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the passenger and we are offering support and assistance at this difficult time.

"The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is our highest priority."

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "At about 1.35pm on New Year's Day police received a report that a 63-year-old man had fallen unwell on a flight travelling to Newcastle Airport from Alicante.

"Paramedics attended to the man when the flight landed in Newcastle, however, he was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

"There are not believed to have been any suspicious circumstances around the man's death and a report will now be prepared for the coroner."