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Investigation launched into airport runway incident

Investigation launched into airport runway incident

BANGKOK: The Ministry of Transport has launched an investigation into a Thai AirAsia flight that landed on the wrong runway at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok earlier this month, which could have resulted in a serious aviation accident.

By National News Bureau of Thailand

Friday 27 May 2022, 11:19AM

Photo: NNT

Photo: NNT

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) reported that the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Committee (AAIC) is currently investigating the incident that occurred on May 4, in which Thai AirAsia Flight FD3141 landed on a different runway than the one scheduled.

Although no injuries were reported, an investigation was launched since the incident can be deemed serious under Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) convention, reports state news agency NNBT.

The Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai) said it has summoned air-traffic control officers for questioning, adding that anyone found at fault could face temporary suspension.

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Thai AirAsia has meanwhile apologised for the incident and suspended the flight’s pilot and co-pilot pending an investigation.

According to CAAT, the investigation is expected to be completed within 30 days. The agency will then determine who is to be held responsible and use the data to develop prevention measures to ensure that similar incidents do not occur in the future.

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Kamala Pete | 29 May 2022 - 15:41:49

Am I wrong in thinking that ATC are supposed to control traffic? Do the pilots not get their instructions from the tower?  Are the airport radars actually working?  Don't be so quick to blame the airline!!

christysweet | 29 May 2022 - 10:11:27

I see Air Asia planes regularly take off at the lowest possible speed  which takes a lot longer to achieve altitude violating the very basic maxim of aviation- speed is life and altitude in insurance .

Pooliekev | 28 May 2022 - 18:20:17

Air Asia have been a good company over the years. I recall one flight from KL which set off over an hour late, and the Capt kept us all up to date in getting us in on time. 

JohnC | 28 May 2022 - 09:32:19

Now that IS a major worry. Thank you AirAsia for giving me yet one more reason never to fly with you.


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