A 58-year-old British woman has died at Majorca's Palma Airport on an Edinburgh-bound plane.

Ryanair said the woman, who has not been named, fell ill after boarding one of their aircraft and that paramedics tried to save her.

According to The Sun newspaper, locals believe she may have suffered a heart attack.

The flight was delayed by about three hours and departed at about 3:20pm local time.

A Ryanair spokeswoman said: "This flight from Palma to Edinburgh was delayed ahead of take-off after a customer became ill prior to departure.

"Paramedics boarded the aircraft after medical assistance was requested, but the customer sadly passed away.

"Ryanair extends its deepest sympathies to the bereaved and is providing any assistance required."

Reports suggst passengers were asked to leave the plane as attempts were made to revive her.

Police also attended at around midday local time and a local court has been tasked with a routine investigation into the incident.

A spokesman for Spanish airport operator AENA confirmed a Ryanair flight due to leave Palma for Edinburgh at 12.10pm local time had been delayed because of the death of a passenger.

He said: "The Civil Guard took charge of the matter." An autopsy will take place tomorrow.