A 10-year-old girl who took ill while travelling on a transatlantic jet that diverted to Shannon Airport has died.

The child was travelling on Air Canada flight AC-868 from Toronto to London Heathrow.

After re-routing to Shannon Airport, the pilot requested that emergency medical services be on stand-by as a child passenger was in cardiac arrest.

It is understood that the young girl was travelling with three adult siblings.

After landing at 7.40pm, the girl was brought to University Hospital Limerick but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A spokesperson for Shannon Airport said the plane was met by an ambulance crew and members of the airport's first responder team.

The county coroner has been informed, while a post mortem examination is to be arranged.

The flight continued its journey to London after 9.20pm.