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Pilot had heart attack while flying microlight

The East of England Ambulance Service described the pilot as "incredibly lucky". Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A pilot had a heart attack as he flew a microlight plane over Suffolk at the weekend.

The man, who is thought to be in his 60s, started to get chest pains while in the air on Saturday but managed to land the aircraft safely at an airfield near Newmarket at about 1.45pm.

An ambulance was called and, although the pilot went into cardiac arrest while receiving treatment, paramedics were able to get his heart beating normal again.

Dale Boustead, a paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service, said: "We took him to West Suffolk General for further treatment and I was able to visit him in hospital yesterday.

"He is doing incredibly well, already sitting up and talking to his family which is quite unusual for the day after a cardiac arrest."

The air ambulance also attended.