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Copilot passes out midflight, dies

A co-pilot for budget airline Lion Air collapsed mid flight, 20 minutes after taking off from Hat Yai for Bangkok yesterday.

The pilot of flight SL 8537 returned to make an emergency landing at Hat Yai Airport so the copilot could be taken to hospital. However, the copilot - a Dutch national identified as Peter Esberte - was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The cause of the death was unknown as of press time.

The flight had 152 passengers on board and all were safe.




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