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Navy sorry after helicopter blows down tents, hurting kids on Children Day

Navy sorry after helicopter blows down tents, hurting kids on Children Day

CHANTHABURI: The navy apologised for an incident that injured eight people – mostly children – when a helicopter flew above marquee tents, causing them to collapse onto a crowd in Chanthaburi province on Saturday (Jan 14).

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By Bangkok Post

Sunday 15 January 2023, 01:35PM


Giant tents collapse as a helicopter flies above a National Children’s Day event venue in Tha Chang municipality in Muang district, Chanthaburi, on Saturday morning (Jan 14). Photo: Bangkok Post

Giant tents collapse as a helicopter flies above a National Children’s Day event venue in Tha Chang municipality in Muang district, Chanthaburi, on Saturday morning (Jan 14). Photo: Bangkok Post

The incident happened during a National Children’s Day event in the Tha Chang municipality in Muang district on Saturday morning. A navy helicopter flew directly above three giant tents, sending powerful downdrafts that collapsed the structures, reports Bangkok Post.

Eight people were injured, including five children. Two injured adults and five children were treated and discharged from hospital shortly afterwards. A 58-year-old woman suffered a cut in her head and a broken neck, and was admitted to Phrapokklao Hospital in Chanthaburi.

RAdm Therdkiat Jitkaew, deputy commander of the Chanthaburi and Trat Border Defence Command, apologised for the injuries.

Navy spokesman Adm Pokkrong Monthatpalin said navy commander-inchief Adm Choengchai Chomchoengpaet was sorry about the incident and ordered the Chanthaburi and Trat Border Defence Command to offer financial aid and medical care to the injured people.

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Earlier the Tha Chang municipal office asked the navy’s Chanthaburi and Trat Border Defence Command to produce a helicopter show above the event venue.

On Jan 14, 2017, a Jas 39 Gripen fighter jet crashed during an air show for the Children’s Day in Hat Yai, Songkhla province. Shortly after the crash, an airport fire engine overturned while rushing to put out the fire. 

The "Royal Thai Air Force" Facebook urged the public not to share the video clips and photos of the crash out of respect for the victim’s family and affected parties. There were no fatalities except for the pilot of the jet.

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christysweet | 17 January 2023 - 12:22:07

Another prime example of this nation's inability  to adhere to common sense. Rules about aircraft  not descending under 1000 feet in populated areas are for a reason. 

Pascale | 17 January 2023 - 09:49:54

@Kurt  Search the Internet and you will find many helicopter crashes around the world. Just last year some involving American navy helicopter. You calling those all bad maintained too ? Ever considered any other reason for a crash . Oh I forgot,for you in Thailand everything is bad !

Kurt | 17 January 2023 - 06:19:35

Well Pascale, as you read this PN article, you must agree that this navy helicopter pilot is not a professional pilot. How many more of that kind are flying around in Thailand? And they always get away with saying 'sorry'. 

Kurt | 17 January 2023 - 02:32:47

Pascale seems to have forgottten a crashing army heli in jungle north. A bit later a searching heli also crashed. Sinking of Sukhothai.  All shows a pattern of spending maintenance budgets not for maintenance. Maintenance seems not to be 'thai'. They start doing something after breakdowns, than they simply have to. No lorry/truck/busses service break check ups. It is all old stuf what sa

Fascinated | 16 January 2023 - 14:46:01

@JohnC seems to be on perma-send anti-thai at the moment. maybe time to change the record or find a nicer place to relocate to. there's a huge difference between comment and vitriol. 

Pascale | 16 January 2023 - 14:30:46

Wow Kurt. Now they violated even your personal airspace. Time to file a complain with the relevant authorities ! Apart from that,where have you seen the Thai Heli -maintenance records ? Are they published somewhere , or are you an expert for Heli maintenance now too ?

JohnC | 16 January 2023 - 09:14:33

To those with functioning brains this was an obvious consequence of flying a helicopter over any type of marquee or canopy made of soft material. Any experienced pilot would have know this was a risky thing to do and said so but in the LoS don't use your brain just do as you are told.

Kurt | 16 January 2023 - 07:27:49

Frequently a old and very noisy helicopter flys over Chalong housing areas. It makes a hell of noise. Seen the thai Heli-maintenance records it feels uncomfortable. They go down in forests, with army vips,  but such happening in housing areas is a real disaster.

Old guy | 15 January 2023 - 16:25:38

With a high level of expertise in everything (555), is it really surprising that this happened? 

 

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