THAI mishap blocks airport runway
- Published: 9/09/2013 at 08:21 AM
- Online news:
A Thai Airways International flight from China veered off the runway as it arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport Sunday, and the airline said at least 13 people were injured in the rough landing.
Authorities at the airport said they could not clear the accident, and flight delays were likely Monday.
After the accident and evacuation of passengers by slide, the airline moved in maintenance crews who immediately began work to cover up the national flag and Thai Airways International logos on the aircraft. By daylight, the plane was supposedly anonymous. (Photos by Panumas Sanguanwong, Somchai Poomlard)
The Bangkok-bound flight, TG679, left Guangzhou at 9.25pm (local time) and was scheduled to arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport at 11.20pm, Thailand time.
The airline statement said the nose gear of the Airbus 330-300 collapsed when it touched the runway during the landing.
According to some passenger accounts, a loud noise was heard on landing and there was a fire at the right side of the aircraft.
The plane skidded off the runway, and passengers were evacuated using slides.
According to THAI, there were 288 passengers and 14 crew members aboard the direct flight from Guangzhou.
Apparently no one was hurt during the actual accident. A total of "13 passengers received minor injuries while evacuating the aircraft," the airline's statement said.
THAI president Sorajak Kasemsuvan said the airline had not moved the aircraft from the runway, which was blocked to all aircraft as of Monday morning. There was no need to switch flights to Don Mueang airport, as Suvarnabhumi could manage the situation, Mr Sorajak said.
However, some delays are expected for both inbound and outbound flights using the airport on Monday, he said.
Baggage was still on the stranded flight, as the airline has to investigate the accident and remove the aircraft before unloading.
THAI opened a 24-hour hotline for information about the accident. The number inside Thailand is 02-545-3181. From outside the country, the number is +66-2-545-3181.
This photo posted on Facebook immediately after the passenger evacuation shows how the plane's gear collapsed and damaged the engine. (From Facebook page of Bangkok Airways pilot Vam Thanum)