Australian Woman Mysteriously Dies During Flight Home from Los Angeles After Vacation
Aleisha Tracy was on a 16-hour flight when she was found dead
A woman was found dead aboard a flight back to her native Australia after enjoying a vacation in the U.S., according to reports.
Aleisha Tracy, 34, was on her way back home to Australia while aboard a Qantas flight from Los Angeles, California, on Sunday when she began having a medical emergency, Yahoo News reported. While two medics on the plane did their best to revive her while in the middle of the 16-hour flight, and other paramedics attempted once again after the plane touched down in Melbourne, it was already too late.
“Our cabin crew were assisted by two doctors on board. We are very grateful for their assistance,” a Qantas spokesperson told Yahoo News.
Victoria Police are awaiting post-mortem examination results to determine Tracy’s cause of death.
“Police are awaiting the results of a post mortem following the death of a 34-year-old Sunshine West woman on an international flight that landed in Melbourne this morning,” they said in a statement to PEOPLE. “The exact cause of the woman’s death is yet to be determined at this stage.”
Tracy’s friend, David Loiterton, posted an emotional tribute to her on Facebook.
“I will miss you brightening up my day. I will miss your hilarious stories,” he wrote, according to Yahoo News. “You were a one of a kind friend who was always there. I am truly blessed to have known you. Thank you for such a beautiful friend. I will miss you.”
Tracy’s social media pages reveal that she loved to travel, and pictures posted to her Instagram document her trips to Indonesia and Las Vegas, Nevada, where she visited once again on her most recent trip to the states.
“My favourite place to visit in this crazy city!” Tracy wrote in a post on March 26 from the Bellagio hotel.
Another picture from a few days before featured Tracy’s boarding pass as she waited for her plane to the United States.
“No bubbles here, this badass needs a rest,” she wrote, along with the hashtags “Qantas” and “vivalasvegas.”
Qantas did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment regarding Tracy’s death.
National Broadband Network, an internet provider in Australia where Tracy worked, issued a statement to News.com.au about her death.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Aleisha who was a valuable and well-liked member of the NBN team,” they said. “She will be greatly missed. The thoughts of everyone at NBN are with her family, friends and work colleagues at this difficult time.”