Michael Charles Lomberg
A pilot from South African was killed when his small plane crashed while attempting to land at Bang Phra airport in Si Racha district on Sunday afternoon.
Michael Charles Lomberg, 60, was flying one of three light aircraft belonging to a disability rights advocacy group called “Handiflight Around the World” which left Chiang Rai airport at 10:00, police said.
Pol Col Ruangsak Buadaeng, Chief of Si Racha police station, said police, rescuers and other local administrative officials arrived at the crash site only to find the plane engulfed in flames.
The plane bore the insignia of the Swiss national flag and a sticker reading “Handi Flight”. Several power cables in the area had been damaged and were believed to have been struck by the downed plane, he said.
Shortly after the crash, reports circulated that the deceased was among a group of disabled pilots who had flown around the world to raise awareness of the capabilities of people with disabilities and to raise funds for charity; and that Mr Lomberg had flown from Bangladesh across Myanmar to northern Thailand.
Somchet Ketwatthana, Mayor of Bang Phra municipality, said he had learned that the former pilot had flown around the world despite being severely disabled. According to their flight plan, the stricken plane and two others were scheduled to fly on to Phuket and Singapore after making a stop in Chon Buri, said Mr Somchet.
The other two aircraft in the group landed safely.
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