‘Our world will never be the same’: Wife’s emotional tribute to Aussie father who died suddenly alongside his family on a flight to Canada
- Tanya Woodgate’s 38-year-old husband Chris died suddenly on Air Canada
- The cause of Mr Woodgate’s death is not clear with autopsy to be conducted
- Air Canada said the flight was diverted to Hawaii due to a ‘medical emergency’
Chris Woodgate (pictured) died on a flight to Brisbane on Saturday
A shattered wife has shared a moving tribute to her ‘wonderful’ husband who died on a long-haul flight.
Tanya Woodgate’s 38-year-old husband Chris died suddenly on an Air Canada plane from Vancouver to Brisbane on Saturday.
The cause of his death is not clear.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Ms Woodgate wrote that their three children, who were on the flight, have lost an ‘amazing’ dad.
She wrote: ‘It is with complete heartbreak which I write this tragic news. Chris passed away suddenly on our flight home from Canada yesterday. We are all in a state of disbelief and shock.
‘I have lost a wonderful husband and Liam, Callum and Mia have lost their amazing dad. Our world will never be the same.’
Explaining what happened to flight AC035, she added: ‘Our flight was diverted to Honolulu and I am working to bring him home as soon as we can.
‘I will post details of when a memorial will be held for him. Thank you for your support and respect of our privacy at this difficult time.’
Air Canada said the flight was diverted to Hawaii due to a ‘medical emergency’ but Mr Woodgate could not be saved.
Spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick would not disclose the circumstances of Mr Woodgate’s death.
‘Out of respect for the privacy of our customers, Air Canada cannot confirm the details about the medical emergency,’ he said.
Jessica Lani Rich, from the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, told Honolulu Star-Advertiser Mr Woodgate was sick before the flight left Vancouver.
There were 257 passengers and 13 crew members on board the flight who were required to disembark and stay overnight in Hawaii.
The flight was diverted to Hawaii due to a ‘medical emergency’ (stock image)
‘Air Canada did an excellent job taking care of their passengers,’ Ms Rich said.
Her organisation acquired a nurse to care for an 11-year-old who was flying on their own.
The passengers, who were given accommodation and food vouchers, were put on a different flight on Sunday.
An autopsy will be conducted.