Two passengers died on board a flight from Florida to Heathrow yesterday in separate incidents - one from suspected meningitis, the other from a heart attack.

The British Airways flight 208 from Miami was heavily delayed after a female passenger suffered what appeared to be a fatal heart attack, prompting an unscheduled stop in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Paramedics were unable to save her.

Tragedy then struck a second time after the flight had resumed. Witnesses said the rear portion of the plane was curtained off before other passengers learned that a male traveller had also passed away, this time of suspected meningitis.

On landing at Heathrow, the 330 passengers were detained for more than an hour by medical authorities. Those who had been seated near the man who died were given written information about meningitis before disembarking.

Story from UK Guardian