A plane was forced to make an emergency diversion and land after a passenger died on board, an airline said yesterday.

It was reported that the passenger, believed to be a 22-year-old man, suffered serious breathing difficulties as the plane was travelling from Leeds Bradford Airport to Prague last Friday. The pilot made an emergency diversion to Düsseldorf in Germany and landed safely there.

A spokeswoman for the Jet2 budget airline confirmed a passenger had died. "We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time."