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The wreckage of the microlight is brought ashore in Pattaya today

Pattaya Microlight Crashes Into Sea While Scattering Ashes: One Briton Dead, One Injured

Saturday, November 17, 2012
PHUKET: One British man is dead and another seriously injured after the microlight aircraft in which they were flying crashed into the sea off Pattaya this afternoon, says a Thai media report.

The dead man has been named by Pattaya police as Thomas David Grieve, 57. Seriously injured and in hospital is his companion on this afternoon's flight, Patrick Esier, 31.

It is believed the men were scattering cremation ashes and floral petals into the water when the aircraft crashed.

The man who was seriously injured is understood to have been representing friends and family who were in two speedboats below the aircraft when it crashed.

The microlight plunged off Pattaya when the small engine on the two-seater failed, witnesses reported.

The men performed two circuits, then crashed into the sea on the third circuit, local reports said.

Paramedics said that Mr Grieve suffered broken ribs that the ribs caused internal damage that resulted in his death while he was being rushed to hospital.

It is not known who was being mourned at the time.

Mr Esier is being treated in Pattaya Memorial Hospital.

Microlights, also known as ultralights, are popular recreational aircraft in many countries.

The crash came about 2.30pm off Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya.


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Rest in peace Tom!
From what I know Tom was a very experienced pilot with many years behind him. Im sure that many in the microlighting world will miss him.

Posted by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2012 10:19


rip tom a flying scotsman rest easy with the angels

Posted by peter on November 18, 2012 18:10


You lived life to the full and always said if you died the next day you would be quite happy. I believed you as much as you embraced the world in all its entirety and gave so much towards it being a better place. With many happy memories of the fun and laughter we spent together throughout your Oban years. Will miss our get togethers and correspondence to find out the next adventures you would be planning. Much love. Sleep well. Lesley x

Posted by lesley on November 22, 2012 06:12

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