An elderly woman has died in Canberra, reportedly going into respiratory distress after disembarking from a plane to the tarmac, thick with smoke from the bushfires.

The New Daily said tonight the Canberra woman was on a Qantas flight arriving from Brisbane.

She was reportedly alive after leaving the plane, but became distressed shortly afterwards. ACT police and ambulance attended the scene.

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“ACT Policing was called to the Canberra Airport following the unsuspicious death of a woman at around 4.15pm today,” a spokeswoman told The New Daily. “A report will be prepared for the coroner.”

A Qantas spokesperson told “Qantas (has) not received any reports of passengers being unwell during the flight and that all passengers had disembarked the aircraft normally.”

The nation’s capital has suffered another day blanketed by thick smoke and currently has worse air quality than Delhi, Mumbai and Beijing.