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13 January 2013 :: 14:01:12 pm 70306

Thrill-Seeking Pattaya Pilot Makes Final Flight

A 55-year-old former daredevil pilot who had survived 16 plane crashes died in a Huay Yai airfield during a test flight of his new experimental airplane. The victim owned a private airport in Huay Yai, and continued to fly despite a crash seven years ago that left him paralyzed in a wheelchair.
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BANGLAMUNG – January 12, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; a report of a small airplane crash in a Tapioca field that injured the pilot was received by Pol. Col. Khamphol Leelapraphakorn, Superintendent, Huay Yai police station.

The crash site was in the area of Moo 9 in Tambon Huay Yai. At the scene, police discovered the damaged aircraft planted nose down on the ground. The 2-seat plane was reportedly a new “microlight” model of an experimental aircraft. Its front end was severely damaged by the crash.

The pilot was identified as Mr. Nawaporn or Tung Pravetvong, age 55, from Bangkok. A lifelong pilot, he was the owner of Pattaya Airpark airport in Banglamung.

Mr. Nawaporn was in a coma and seriously injured by the crash. His right foot was almost torn off, and he had broken right ribs. He was rushed to Bangkok-Pattaya hospital, where he later died.

Mr. Nawaporn had just bought the small plane two weeks ago from a seller in England. On a test flight at the Pattaya Airpark airport, Mr. Nawaporn took off without incident.

But about 15 minutes later, the plane malfunctioned and crashed to the ground. Police are coordinating with civil aviation officials who will inspect the plane to find the cause of the crash.

The Pattaya Airpark airport is a small private airport, which teaches people how to fly small planes, including personal Ultralight and Microlight aircraft. The airport also rents aircraft and spaces for aircraft owners to park their planes. Many Thai and foreign millionaires use its services.

Mr. Nawaporn Savetvong had a noteworthy aviation career. His nickname was “Tung Lek,” and together with his close friend Mr. Vitsanu Lohitkoop, they joined together to compete in sport flying competitions. They won many King Cup contests and awards. They became well known in flying circles and were given the nickname “Devil Black-White.”

The two friends later invested together to open the small Huay Yai airport, named The Pattaya Airpark and Pilot Village. Mr. Nawaporn was also the president of the Pattaya Pilot Club & Association.

Mr. Nawaporn amazingly survived 16 airplane crashes in the last 20 years. However, a small-plane crash that occurred 7 years ago left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair. His last flight ended the life of a man who loved to fly.

Reporter : Tanasab   Photo : Tanasab   Category : Community News

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