Child Dies on Board Saudia Flight After Medical Emergency

Boeing 777

A 2-year-old toddler passenger on a Saudia flight that made an emergency landing in eastern Canada on Tuesday was pronounced dead upon arriving at a hospital, a provincial police official said.

Saudi Arabian Airlines – Boeing 777 – flight 35 , which left Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at 6:45 a.m. local time on Tuesday and was bound for Washington, D.C., landed shortly before 12 p.m. ET at St. John’s International Airport in the province of Newfoundland, due to a medical emergency.

Upon landing, the child was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead, James Cadigan, an officer with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, said.

The province’s office of the chief medical examiner will determine the cause of death, although it is not believed to be suspicious, Cadigan said.

Police declined to release details about the toddler’s family.

The flight continued onto Washington after an unscheduled landing.