THAI plane skids off runway in Bangkok
BANGKOK: 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.
Monday 9 September 2013, 08:57AM
Authorities at the airport said they could not clear the accident, and flight delays were likely Monday.
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 287 passengers and 14 crew members aboard the direct flight from Guangzhou.
"A total 13 passengers were slightly injured. Injured passengers were taken care and sent to hospital for medical treatment," the airline said.
THAI president Sorajak Kasemsuvan said the airline had not moved the aircraft from the runway, which was blocked as of Monday morning. There was no need to switch flights to Don Mueang airport, as Suvarnabhumi could manage the situation.
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.
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