Amir Hamzah Sulaiman
A Turkish Airlines flight en route from Turkey to Malaysia made an emergency landing at Phuket International Airport after a passenger suffered a fatal heart attack.
The passenger, Malaysian national Amir Hamzah Sulaiman, 60, was pronounced dead by medical staff at Thalang Hospital, said Capt Kraisorn Boonprasop of Thalang Provincial Police Station.
The staff at Thalang Hospital reported Mr Sulaiman’s demise at 00:05, he confirmed to The Phuket News.
“Doctors stated heart attack as the cause of death, and there were no marks on his body to suggest otherwise,” Capt Kraisorn said.
“We were told that Mr Sulaiman suffered the attack and was unable to breathe while he was on the plane. The captain then requested to make an emergency landing at Phuket International Airport,” he explained.
The doctor stationed at the airport administered CPR, and Mr Sulaiman was transferred to Thalang Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
“We have notified the Malaysian authorities of the incident,” Capt Kraisorn added.
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