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THAI new Airbus skids off runway in Phuket storm landing

PHUKET: A THAI Airways new Airbus A350 carrying 138 passengers and 14 crew members on board skidded off the runway while landing in strong wind and heavy rain at Phuket International Airport last night (Sept 21).

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Thursday 22 September 2016, 09:05AM

No people were injured in the incident.

THAI Flight TG 221 left Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok at 6:15pm and was making its landing in Phuket at 7:35pm when the aircraft skidded on touchdown and its left-side landing gear tracked into the verge beside the runway.

The landing gear suffered minor damage, but the pilot quickly brought the aircraft back under full control and safely brought the plane to rest on the apron.

Authorities are investigating the incident. Early reports say the low-level wind shear may have caused the accident.

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Phuket International Airport Director Monrudee Gettuphan said, “The incident was really just a minor accident. After the aircraft landed, we had our staff check the it and we also closed the runway until our staff confirmed it was safe to re-open.

Ms Monrudee explained, “We found grass stuck in the left landing gear and four tracks on the tyre were damaged. Three runway lights were also damaged. Staff discovered pieces of broken glass from landing lights on the runway, so we closed the runway to clear the area. The runway was re-opened at 10:10pm.

“The Airbus A350 will remain here for at least 12 hours so we can thoroughly check it for safety. All passengers and crew are safe, there were no injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation,” she added.

THAI Airways International issued a statement explaining that an alternative aircraft conducted the scheduled return flight the new Airbus was to perform and that an investigation into the incident was underway.



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Andy | 23 September 2016 - 19:47:11

Runway excursions are a common event worldwide and not much to worry about. Despite the list linked to by Samantha Thai Air has a good safety record. Both Singapore Air and Emirates both got very lucky indeed that there were no passenger fatalities after recent incidents. Both incidents due fundamentally to pilot error involving onerous standard operating practices. In the case, of the much lauded Singapore Air, Pilot's decision not to evacuate a plane on fire they were very very lucky indeed.
I travel London Bangkok return eight or more times a year and Thai beats the competition completely on service and cost in all classes and that includes the above two airlines and EVA.

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Kurt | 23 September 2016 - 13:24:39

Samantha, can you give a little bit more info about that track record you mentioned?
10 years ago I had a 1 way ticket from Frankfurt to BKK, it was a bad flight, service wise.
The cabin crew looked like the slept the night before in their uniform. 
Grooming and haircuts of mail attendants was not standard.
Seat were dirty and worn. Meals were bad.
But about technical of the plane I can't comment. I arrived safe.

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samantha | 23 September 2016 - 11:52:20

Thai Airways have an appalling track record with at least 10 fatal plane crashes & other incidents in Thailand. Based on this record, its hard to believe they take passenger safety seriously which is pretty much the same as their bus and van drivers based on the large amount of traffic fatalities.

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Christy Sweet | 22 September 2016 - 13:02:40

Did CAAT or whatever the name is this year ever groove the runway? Lack of water run-off grooving was  cited as  contributing factor in the  One-Two Go crash in 2008-that and no one was flying the plane in an emergency go- around. 

Interesting coincidence I saw black clouds yesterday over the airport, just as black as the ones I saw Sept 16, 2008 and thought to myself, those are plane crash clouds just like that day. 

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