Onur Air pilot dies after falling onto apron

April 18, 2012, Wednesday/ 12:40:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

An Onur Air pilot who fell onto the apron while trying to close the front door of his plane died in Amman shortly before the flight was due to depart for İstanbul on Tuesday evening.

Olivier Mester, a Belgian national, fell from the plane while closing the front door shortly before the plane's scheduled flight from Amman. Emergency medical teams rushed to the scene, but were unable to save the pilot.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Onur Air officials confirmed one of their pilots died at 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

“The injured pilot was first attended to by technical staff who were standing on the apron preparing the plane for takeoff. They immediately informed paramedics about the incident. The injured pilot was taken to hospital after being attended to by medical response teams at the scene, but he could not be saved.”

Mester, 56 years old, had worked for Onur Air since 2009. His body was repatriated late on Wednesday.

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