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Chiang Rai airport reopens as stranded Nok Air plane removed

Chiang Rai airport reopens as stranded Nok Air plane removed

CHIANG RAI: Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport reopens today (Aug 5) after a damaged Nok Air plane was removed from the runway, said Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 5 August 2022, 08:06AM


The Nok Air aircraft is being removed from the runway of Chiang Rai airport in Chiang Rai province yesterday (Aug 4). Photo: Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand

The Nok Air aircraft is being removed from the runway of Chiang Rai airport in Chiang Rai province yesterday (Aug 4). Photo: Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand

He said Airports of Thailand (AoT) and the Department of Airports (DoA) had cleared the runway which Nok Air’s Boeing 737-800 skidded off on July 30, causing flight cancellations and an airport shutdown.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand finished examining the runway for safety yesterday before the airport reopening, reports the Bangkok Post.

Chiang Rai Airport Director Sqn Ldr Somchanok Tiamtiabrat said the plane’s removal was delayed due to difficulties moving it without causing more damage to the aircraft’s wings.

Sqn Ldr Somchanok said the airline and airport staff had contacted Thai Airways International (THAI) for a recovery team to send licensed engineers and equipment to remove the stranded plane. The recovery team had to be careful not to cause further damage to both the 60-tonne aircraft and the runway, he said.

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Sqn Ldr Somchanok said the operation went according to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s regulation on aircraft removal. He also said the plane was now safely parked at a pit stop which is about 600 metres away from the initial position in which it was stranded after it veered off the runway following a brake malfunction.

Nok Air chief executive Wutthiphum Jurangkool said the airline will compensate all passengers on the flight with refunds and free tickets worth one million baht. All passengers are to be given tickets for a round trip valid for a year and they can request refunds, cancellations or destination changes without charges, he said.

Mr Wutthiphum also defended the pilot of the aircraft. “The pilot did his best to land the aircraft and there were no deaths or casualties,” he said. “He has worked as a pilot for 15 years and the co-pilot has three years of experience with Nok Air. Every step of the evacuation went according to safety protocols.”

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christysweet | 06 August 2022 - 11:00:37

 Any landing  that no one is injured is a good  one. So I say again "Well  done flight crew.." and I feel sure the report will confirm the pilot acted correctly, especially if there was a brake failure. 

Kurt | 05 August 2022 - 19:35:38

1: Touching down on a non groved runway during heavy rain. Wrong decision of a 15 yr experienced pilot. 2: Brake malfuntion. 3: During feering into the grass/mud the undercarriage broke of by force ( no way that it did not break with that feering speed!).  Period. My last comment. Now we look forward for report official Air disaster investigation. ( before we say; "well done to flight crew&qu...

christysweet | 05 August 2022 - 12:44:25

Well done to the  flight crew. Reading that runway is also not grooved to facilitate water run-off, same as Phuket. Covid shut downs would have been the time to do these sorts of upgrades- no doubt the funds were not available. 

Kurt | 05 August 2022 - 11:32:14

See, same as on the Phuket roads! Heavy rain, so we call up a 'brake malfunction'. No casulties was more luck than wisdom. Touching down in a animal park with a arival/departure lounge during heavy rain is dangerous. Lucky me who had many times pilots not landing at Phuket during moments of gusting winds and very heavy rain but kept 'holding' 30-40 minutes until the worse was over.

 

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