Truck driver Patrick Larkin knew something wasn't right when he plonked himself down in the plane seat.

The Northland man's instincts were right and within seconds he had suffered a cardiac arrest and passed out.

For the next 20 minutes passengers on the plane, including a nurse, jumped into action and carried out CPR and used a defibrillator to kick-start his heart again.

After his brush with death the 62-year-old was able to piece the drama together and spoke with the Northern Advocate.

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Larkin has lived across the ditch in Australia for 17 years but he calls Panguru in the

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