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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1079-1080
Death on the flight: Issues that are less mentioned

1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

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Date of Web Publication5-Oct-2017

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Death on the flight: Issues that are less mentioned. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:1079-80

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Death on the flight: Issues that are less mentioned. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Aug 10];10:1079-80. Available from:

Dear Sir,

Flight is the fastest way for public transportation at present. It is no doubt that this kind of transportation becomes widely used in all countries. Of interest, illness on flight is possible. In some cases, death on flight can occur, and this is the issue that is less mentioned. Here, the authors summarize the report incidences of death on flight occurring in Thailand during a 5-year period (April 2011 to March 2016). Based on local database including newspapers searching, there are at least three incidences. The first case is a 54-year-old female from Malaysia found to be death during sitting in the public flight from Egypt to Bangkok. Her death was found during entering Thailand for changing the flight back to Malaysia. This case has no personal illness and there is no autopsy report. The second case is a 67-year-old female from The Netherland who died on the private flight. This case is a case with critical ill and during air flight transfer from Malaysia to Germany for medical care. The issue of air medicine is the big issue in present public health due to the improved international transportation. The third case is a 54-year-old male from Myanmar. He took the flight from India to Bangkok and developed seizure on flight shortly before arrival Bangkok and found to be dead upon arrival at Bangkok. Based on this short summary, it can be seen that the middle-age to old-age passenger are the main groups at risk. Apart from the accident, the concern on illness on flight has to be mentioned. In addition to immigration screening for imported disease, emigration screening for illness that has to be prohibited for flight might be considered.

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Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.196690

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