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Nordwind plane full of passengers grounded for emergency inspection at Phuket airport after passenger expresses safety concern

PHUKET: A Phuket-Moscow flight operated by Nordwind Airlines servicing 369 passengers was aborted this morning after a passenger expressed that he did not want to continue on the flight because he felt unsafe.

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Nordwind plane full of passengers grounded for emergency inspection at Phuket airport after passenger expresses safety concern

At aproximately 10:35am, Nordwind flight NWS 2478 was grounded at Phuket International Airport (HKT) by its captain, who radioed in for a full flight safety inspection after a passenger, named as 25-year-old Alexandar Nosof [transliteration] commented that he did not want to travel on the plane because he felt unsafe.

All the passengers were promptly escorted off the plane, which was taxied at safe distance on the west runway, where a UOD bomb inspection team moved into to remove and inspect all of the bags and cargo on the plane.

The top-level inspection, which took the better part of four hours , did not uncover anything unusual. The Airport Authority of Thailand issued clearance for the flight to resume its normal course, and take-off was tentatively set at 4pm.

Alexandar, however, will not be joining the flight back to Moscow as he being detained for questioning at Tha Chadchai Police Station, though no charges have yet been filed.

 

 

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Rorii | 24 March 2016 - 18:09:51

Joe12, once again you go off on a rant, to try and justify your comment, once again, the passenger did NOT mention a bomb, yes the captain followed the correct procedure, I never said he didn't, but once again, there was NO mention of a bomb, from the passenger. You seem to go off on tangents, Kurt simply asked "Hope to hear soon why this particular passenger did feel unsafe" you took it a lot further by saying something that was NEVER said or implied, and you call me the dullest knife.

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Jim99 | 23 March 2016 - 22:52:01

As a current airline pilot with several decades experience may I comment again that a passenger making a comment like that will always trigger a security alert. This will involve a security procedure to make sure everyone on the flight is safe. The reason the passenger made the comment could be for several reasons and is irrelevant at the time of the incident.

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Joe12 | 23 March 2016 - 21:03:56

Rorii...again you fail to read and comprehend, but as I say, I understand, because some commentators are not the sharpest knife in the drawer so I am not fazed. 

I will repeat again that the question was inane and your insistence on justifying the inane question clearly reinforces my view as you being one of theose blunt knives in the drawer. My reply was the quote from the article - not mine, so clearly you think it stupid as you state.  

As I said. it's not rocket science to work out for the Captain to taxi to a safe distance on the runway and call for a flight inspection and bomb inspection inspection team given the report of the concerns of a passenger. It has everything to do with the article. That is what it's about! Even my 10 year old grandson who has read it can understand it and make the connection! 

Do you have a better reason why the Captain followed standard operating procedures that is not reported in the article? Dont forget there are 2 subjects in the article - the airline and a 25 year who voiced concerns about being unsafe. If you have a valid reason why the Captain reacted in the manner he did and followed protocol, then let me borrow your crystal ball so I can see too.

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Rorii | 23 March 2016 - 19:24:11

Joe12, readers will notice your reply was to Kurt, who said "Hope to hear soon why this particular passenger did feel unsafe" as we can all read your comment was completly stupid, you go on to say ""captain...radioed in for a full flight safety inspection...UOD bomb inspection team moved into to remove and inspect all of the bags and cargo on the plane." this has nothing to do with why the passenger felt it was unsafe, he didn't even mention a bomb. At the time of commenting Kurt's comment was justified, unlike your reply.

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Joe12 | 22 March 2016 - 20:07:33

Rorii, well no. An assumption as usual on your part which is wrong again. A small English lesson for you. You will note my quotes as being paraphrased, meaning it was a restatement of the passage giving the meaning in another form, for clearness. In this instance the subject was already known (25-year-old Alexandar Nosof), so for 
purposes of paraphrasing and clarity there was no need to repeat the subject as it was already known.

It's not rocket science to work out for the Captain to taxi to a safe distance on the runway and call for a flight inspection and bomb inspection inspection team given the report of the concerns of a passenger. It's standard operating procedure. It matters not why the passenger felt unsafe so why bother to ask on here? However, I do acknowledge that some people are not the "sharpest knife in the drawer" and would find difficulty in making that distinction thus  drawing a conclusion.

The point is that it was made and was reported to the Captain who took standard operating proceedure. The article surely is pointing out what can occur by "loose talk" at any time in and around an airport. 

Kurt...If commentators write inane comments, I reserve the right to correct in the interest of balance and to clarify.

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Rorii | 21 March 2016 - 18:18:35

Joe12, here you go again, your reading skills seem limited, here is what you should have read "its captain, who radioed in for a full flight safety inspection after a passenger, named as 25-year-old Alexandar Nosof [transliteration] commented that he did not want to travel on the plane because he felt unsafe." Notice  it says AFTER Alexandar said he felt unsafe. Kurt's comment is perfectly OK, unlike your unwarranted reply. I for one would like to know why Alexandar felt unsafe.

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Jim99 | 21 March 2016 - 11:36:02

As an aviator I know a passenger making any sort of comment like this triggers a security alert.

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Kurt | 21 March 2016 - 08:30:08

My question is:  Why this particular passenger felt unsafe?

The follow up I red myself very well.
Some people who just comment on comments should start to learn to write their own comments, and read other comment better 

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Joe12 | 20 March 2016 - 18:39:38

Kurt...I would say it was pretty obvious.."captain...radioed in for a full flight safety inspection...UOD bomb inspection team moved into to remove and inspect all of the bags and cargo on the plane." 

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Kurt | 20 March 2016 - 16:08:15

Interesting story. 
Hope to hear soon why this particular passenger did feel unsafe.

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