Air NZ plane returns without passengers after man died onboard in Tonga

A man has died on a plane at Fua’amotu International Airport despite desperate attempts to revive him by an experienced off-duty medical doctor who was on the same flight.

Sione Tukuafu. Photo / Supplied

The man reportedly died on Air New Zealand flight NZ977 to Auckland about 11pm last night Saturday 12.  

All passengers, except the deceased’s son and a grandchild, were told to leave the plane so paramedics could treat the passenger, a source told Kaniva News.

An ambulance was called to the scene.

After the man was declared dead it was announced the aircraft would return to Auckland without the passengers.

A relative told us the deceased was Sione Tukuafu.

The details of the cause of his death were still unknown.

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