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Phuket airport reports fire drill, remains silent on real incident

Phuket airport reports fire drill, remains silent on real incident

PHUKET: Airport fire teams and emergency-response personnel held their second fire-training exercise for the fiscal year 2023 at Phuket International Airport yesterday (Feb 23), the airport has reported on Facbook. Yet there still have not been any reports about the real emergency involving a Thai Smile A320 the day before (Feb 22).

By The Phuket News

Friday 24 February 2023, 10:16AM

A drill involving real fire was conducted in the fire pit next to the airport’s runway 27, the first and only in Phuket International Airport.

The exercise began at 10am with flame roaring and black smoke billowing over the runway. Airport firefighters approached the blaze and put the flames down. Then other emergency and medical teams joined the action providing help and care to ’victims’. The drill was deemed a success.

The scenario of the drill – an aircraft on fire on the runway – is what emergency personnel may encounter in case of a hard landing, such as the one that took place on Feb 22.

As reported by Phuket Info Center, a Thai Smile Airbus A320 suffered undisclosed engine problems and made an emergency landing at Phuket International Airport at around 1pm on that day.

Internal - Phuket News TV

The A320 made a “hard landing” with a tailstrike on the runway, confirmed the report by Phuket Info Center, which operates under the Phuket Provincial Office.

The pilots managed to bring the plane to a halt and all passengers disembarked safely. The runway was closed for an hours while repairs were made. The aircraft was handed over to technicians for checks and repairs as well.

Airports of Thailand Phuket branch (AoT Phuket) has yet to recognise the safety incident directly to the public. On Feb 22, the day of the hard landing, AoT Phuket had only one public post on its official Facebook page. Four hours after the incident, the enterprise reported donating drinking water to three local schools for their sports event that they are holding today (Feb 24).

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JohnC | 25 February 2023 - 09:24:53

Runway 27. That's hilarious, or is it wishful thinking on the part of all the greedy 'businessmen' and corrupt officials island wide as to how many more flights they want to bring full of ATMs (tourists)

skorchio | 25 February 2023 - 04:12:12

So it seems the drill is a distraction - put something out there, any information at all, pictures, noise, fanfare, whatever. I wonder if there is any legal obligation on any party to release information to the public on a near-miss aviation incident ? For sure Thai Smile is obliged to report it to the Thai version of the FAA, but what about us? How can I learn what happened? 


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