Pilot refuses to land when BBC presenter has heart attack mid-air

Ruth Doherty

A BBC presenter has allegedly been left with long-term heart damage after he had to endure a 14-hour flight while suffering a heart attack.

Max Pearson, a BBC radio presenter, is said to be considering legal action against Singapore Airlines over the incidents, according to the Daily Mail.

Max had been reporting on the Japanese tsunami and flew from Tokyo to Singapore before boarding a connecting flight bound for London, which landed on 18 March 2011.

Just moments after the plane took off from Singapore, the 51-year-old journalist suffered a cardiac arrest.

It is alleged that cabin crew refused to divert the plane so that Mr Pearson could receive urgent medical attention.

He was rushed to hospital once the plane touched down at Heathrow, when he was rushed to hospital, receiving emergency treatment that saved his life.

While Mr Pearson has declined to speak of the incident yet, a BBC source said that he was lucky to be alive.

'It is lucky he managed to survive,' the source said. 'It looks as if he was attended to by one of the passengers, who was a doctor, during the flight.

'He says he asked for them to redirect him to hospital but it didn't happen.'

A spokesperson for the company refused to comment.

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