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Passengers were moved away from the body of dead woman on Los Angeles to Melbourne flight

A passenger has described how Qantas cabin crew moved other travellers away from the body of a woman who died several hours into an international flight. 

The passenger was on board QF94 from Los Angeles to Melbourne on Sunday when 33-year-old Aleisha Tracy, who had been holidaying in the United States, died.

Ms Tracy, who was an avid traveller, had flown the same route many times previously and publicly praised the Airbus A380 model aircraft on which she was flying. 

Her death remains a mystery, with the Victorian coroner investigating. 

The National Broadband Network operations centre employee had only recently bought a new apartment at Moonee Ponds in Melbourne’s inner north-west and was described by friends as being in the prime of her life.

Ms Tracy, who left Melbourne on March 24 and had visited Las Vegas during her holiday, died just hours into the 16-hour flight home. 

Her devastated friends had no idea what caused her death, given Ms Tracy had no known medical conditions and was ‘happy and healthy’ before she boarded the aircraft.

Aleisha Tracy, 33, died on a flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne. The mysterious death of the National Broadband Network operations centre employee has stunned friends and family

Ms Tracy, pictured with a friend, was an avid traveller who had flown the same route many times previously and publicly praised the Airbus A380 model aircraft on which she was flying

Ms Tracy, pictured with a friend, was an avid traveller who had flown the same route many times previously and publicly praised the Airbus A380 model aircraft on which she was flying

A fellow passenger who was seated on the lower floor of the aircraft in economy said about three hours into the journey two appeals were made for any doctor on board to come forward.

The plane was not full and the passenger, a woman from Melbourne, had been allowed to occupy three adjoining seats by herself.

Not long after the requests for a doctor, cabin crew told the woman she would need to return to her original seat as passengers were being relocated from upstairs due to a medical emergency.

‘A flight attendant said “We’re very sorry, we’ve got a person who’s unwell”,’ the woman told Daily Mail Australia.

‘They were very calm. We didn’t know exactly what had happened but we were aware something was going on.’

The woman said about seven passengers from upstairs moved down to her section on the plane and some of them were wearing pyjamas.

‘They weren’t going around telling everyone exactly what happened,’ she said of Qantas staff.

Ms Tracy posted her Qantas boarding pass when she left Melbourne on March 24 to start her holiday in the US. She died on the flight home on Sunday

Ms Tracy posted her Qantas boarding pass when she left Melbourne on March 24 to start her holiday in the US. She died on the flight home on Sunday

The woman said she had asked a male flight attendant sometime later what was happening upstairs and he reassured her there was nothing to worry about. ‘He looked so sad,’ she said.

Throughout the journey Qantas staff had remained calm and professional despite it being obvious to some of those on board a passenger had died.

‘I can’t understand how hard it must be for them,’ the woman said. ‘They were very compassionate with everyone.’

‘They were the unsung heroes. They were incredible. There was no panic, they still managed to do their jobs.’

‘It’s tragic what happened to her. It’s tragic for her family. It’s tragic for everyone.’

What we know about Aleisha Tracy’s death

Qantas flight departs LA at 10.40pm 

Hours into the flight there’s a medical emergency on board

Flight attendants are assisted by two doctors on the plane

The flight lands about 9am on Sunday at Melbourne Airport

Paramedics and police meet the plane and go on board

Ms Tracy’s family is notified of her death

Friends pay tribute to her online as the coroner begins investigation

Passengers spent about 40 minutes on the tarmac when the plane touched down in Melbourne as police and paramedics boarded, the woman said.  

Qantas confirmed its cabin crew was assisted by two doctors on board the flight. 

Ms Tracy wrote in an online discussion about aircraft and flight routes last year of how much she liked flying from Los Angeles to Melbourne in the A380.

‘A380 felt like a total upgrade coming home (a lovely flight attendant helped) but if you are looking at booking this return flight, choose the A380!’ she wrote.

‘It was a beautiful plane.’

Ms Tracy had flown to Bali three months ago and she was planning a trip to New York at the end of the year. 

Close friend David Loiterton paid tribute to Ms Tracy on Facebook just hours after her death.

‘Aleisha Tracy I’m devastated. I will miss you brightening up my day. I will miss your hilarious stories … I will miss your bargain stories. I will miss your messages and seeing your face pop up,’ Mr Loiterton wrote.

‘I will miss your famous selfie pose. I will miss us looking at each other and knowing what we mean.’ 

Photos of Ms Tracy’s United States trip were posted to social media in the days before her fateful flight home. 

Her Instagram account shows holiday snaps of Las Vegas and a photo of her Qantas boarding pass. 

Aleisha Tracy was no stranger to overseas travel and had previously given advice on long haul flights coming from the United States to Melbourne. She died on a flight from LA on Sunday

Aleisha Tracy was no stranger to overseas travel and had previously given advice on long haul flights coming from the United States to Melbourne. She died on a flight from LA on Sunday

Friends of Ms Tracy continued to post tributes to the frequent flyer on Wednesday, often referring to her love of travel.

‘I have no words… the sudden loss of such a beautiful young and vibrant soul,’ Jessica Van de Leur wrote.

‘Your spirit shone bright and may it always travel light my darling girl – and take a fabulous handbag along for the ride. With a heart full of tears, I wish you peace,’ 

Yeshe Grace remembered a ‘generous and bubbly’ woman with whom she had once shared a house.

‘Always offering whatever she could, planning her next adventure and coming home more often than not with a bag of something shiny and new,’ she wrote.

‘The embodiment of zest for life, larger than life personality and the sweetest heart you could ever hope to meet.’

Another friend of Ms Tracy told Daily Mail Australia the popular woman’s family and friends were mystified as to how she may have died on the flight. 

‘We are completely at a loss,’ he said.  

Aleisha Tracy (left) and David Loiterton, who posted a touching tribute to her on Facebook. He described Ms Tracy as a 'one of a kind friend who was always there'

Aleisha Tracy (left) and David Loiterton, who posted a touching tribute to her on Facebook. He described Ms Tracy as a ‘one of a kind friend who was always there’

Mr Loiterton described Ms Tracy as a ‘one of a kind friend who was always there’.

‘I will miss hearing about your up coming holidays. I will miss talking about all the shows that we like,’ he wrote.

‘I am truly blessed to have known you. Thank you for such a beautiful friend. I will miss you. Xo.’

Friend Sherlyn Moynihan described Ms Tracy as an entertainer who always had people in stitches. 

‘(I) loved sitting in the back of the car just listening and laughing at her stories and how she made us all giggle,’ she wrote.  

‘It breaks my heart to see her leave and go just like that in a split second .. all I know is she touched my heart and soul.’ 

A Qantas spokesman described the incident as ‘tragic’ but would not reveal any further information on the matter, or the airline’s procedures for dealing with deaths in flight. 

Victoria Police said Ms Tracy’s death would be for the coroner to investigate, and a post-mortem examination was to be carried out on Tuesday. 

Ms Tracy’s family declined to comment. 

Victoria Police said Ms Tracy's (right) death would be for the coroner to investigate, and a post-mortem examination was to be carried out on Tuesday. Ms Tracy's family declined to comment

Victoria Police said Ms Tracy’s (right) death would be for the coroner to investigate, and a post-mortem examination was to be carried out on Tuesday. Ms Tracy’s family declined to comment

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