Thai Airways A330 Crashes After Landing at Bangkok [PHOTO] – UPDATE 3
A Thai Airways A330 jet has crashed after landing at Bangkok Airport according to multiple reports.
Thai Airways Flight 679 was inbound from Guangzhou, China with 298 passengers aboard.
Early reports say all passengers are safe, but this has not been confirmed.
The A330 went off the right side of the runway coming to rest on soft ground.
At least 12 passengers are reported to be injured as they went down the emergency slides.
Workers on a crane blacked out the Thai Airways logo on the tail and body of the aircraft, as part of an effort to protect its image according to Star Alliance guidelines, an official said. It was the second mishap in less than two weeks for Thailand’s national carrier.
The Airbus A330-300 that departed from Guangzhou, China, had a “glitch” in its wheel base while landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport late Sunday, the airline said. Photos taken after the incident showed deep furrows from skid marks in a grassy area off the runway leading to the stalled aircraft, resting with its nose down and emergency slides inflated.
“After touchdown at Suvarnabhumi Airport, the landing gear malfunctioned and caused the aircraft to skid off the runway. Sparks were noticed from the vicinity of the right landing gear near the engine; the matter is under investigation,” Thai Airways President Sorajak Kasemsuvan said in a statement Monday.
“The captain took control of the aircraft until it came to a complete stop and passengers were evacuated from the aircraft emergency exits,” he said.
Most of the injuries occurred as passengers evacuated the aircraft, the statement said.
The aircraft was carrying 288 passengers and 14 crew members. The airline said on its Twitter account that the 14 injured passengers were sent to hospitals.
Officials said the runway at Suvarnabhumi Airport will be temporarily closed.
Thai Airways blacks out logos on plane after runway accident:
Leave a Comment