A Qantas flight from Auckland to Melbourne has turned back after a passenger died following a heart attack.

The adult male suffered a cardiac arrest and died during Thursday morning’s flight #QF152, a St John’s ambulance spokeswoman confirmed.

The flight departed at 0610LT with a nurse on board who helped cabin crew, a Qantas spokesman told NZ Newswire.

The Boeing 737-800 (reg. ZK-ZQF) capable of carrying up to 174 passengers, was full.

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