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Co-pilot of Lion Air flight collapsed after take-off, pronounced dead at hospital

Published on Aug 21, 2014 10:18 AM
A Lion Air jet takes off from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, near Jakarta, on April 15, 2013. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A co-pilot of a budget airline collapsed during flight after take-off from Hat Yai to Bangkok on Wednesday.

The pilot of Lion Air flight SL 8537 then made an emergency return to Hat Yai Airport and rushed his co-pilot to a hospital. The latter was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The co-pilot is a Dutch national whose name was not revealed.

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