Co-pilot faints on flight to Don Mueang

A co-pilot of Thai Lion Air fainted while on a flight from Hat Yai to Bangkok, forcing the pilot to return and make emergency landing at Hat Yai airport.

The Dutch co-pilot died later at the Prince of  Songkhla University Hospital in Hat Yai.

The  incident happened today on Flight SL 8537 from Hat Yai to Don Mueang airport on which 152 passengers and crew members were on board.

Twenty minutes after taking off from Hat Yai airport, the pilot noticed his co-pilot seated beside went unconsciously.

He immediately radioed the control tower at Hat Yai airport to prepare  ambulance and seek  emergency landing.

The plane landed safely and the Dutch co-pilot was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead afterwards.

It was immediately known the  cause of his death.