A BRITISH holidaymaker has died on a plane which was about to leave the UK from a Costa airport.
The man is understood to have fallen ill while the Jet2 plane, bound for East Midlands Airport, prepared for take-off in Spain.
The pilot postponed the plane's departure and called for medical assistance.
Described locally as a 61-year-old tourist, the unnamed passenger reportedly lost consciousness and was pronounced dead on the aircraft after emergency responders were unable to save his life.
The tragedy occurred at Reus Airport on Spain’s Costa Dorada, around 65 miles south of Barcelona.
The aircraft departed nearly seven hours after its scheduled 11.10am departure on Friday, reaching its destination airport just before 6pm local time.
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While an autopsy has reportedly already taken place, the results have not been made public.
As is standard in Spain, they are understood to have been sent directly to an investigating judge who will conduct a routine inquiry into the man's death.
One local report suggested the tragedy was linked to possible heart failure, though this remains unconfirmed by police.
It is not known whether the man was travelling alone or with family or friends.
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Earlier this year, a passenger died onboard a Jet2 flight after witnesses saw a woman being led to the toilet "in distress".
The Jet2 LS756 flight was travelling from Tenerife to Manchester when an alert was issued over the health of a passenger.
The flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Cornwall Airport in Newquay.
Witnesses described the "emotional" scenes onboard the Jet2 flight as the unnamed passenger received CPR.
Another passenger tragically died on a Jet2 flight, bound for Glasgow, in March.
The alarm was raised after the 44-year-old man "didn't wake up" on the flight from Antalya in Turkey.
It was understood cabin crew performed CPR for 40 minutes but the man sadly passed away.
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