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Phuket light aircraft crash survivor making progress, investigation yet to conclude

PHUKET: Adel Samae, the 19-year-old Aerospace Engineering student who suffered serious injuries in the deadly light aircraft crash in Pa Khlok on March 10, is recovering well, his parents have reported.

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By Chutharat Plerin

Thursday 2 August 2018, 01:39PM


Adel Samae, the 19-year-old Aerospace Engineering student who suffered serious injuries in the deadly light aircraft crash in Pa Khlok on March 10, is recovering well, but has suffered brain damage and still needs much physiotherapy. Photo: Supplied

Adel Samae, the 19-year-old Aerospace Engineering student who suffered serious injuries in the deadly light aircraft crash in Pa Khlok on March 10, is recovering well, but has suffered brain damage and still needs much physiotherapy. Photo: Supplied

Mr Adel was retrieved from the crash site near the Phuket Airpark unconscious and remained comatose for weeks, but responded to stimuli.

By June, he was still unable to move parts of his body below the neck, but was showing improvement and doctors allowed him to go home.

Mr Adel still requires a great deal of physiotherapy which is hoped will lead to him to being able to live a normal life.

Mr Adel’s father, Mahason Samae, today (Aug 1) revealed to The Phuket News’ Thai-language sister paper Khao Phuket that Adel can now respond verbally, but not in long sentences.

He understands what his parents say and he can eat by himself.

“He can take care of himself more. But the right side of his body still needs the physical therapy, especially the arm and hand. And he is also practising walking,” Mr Mahason said.

“Now he can feed himself by his left hand,” he added.

The Samae family thanked to everyone who has supported Adel through the fundraising of Borrae Sports Club and the donations made to the Mr Adel’s Siam Commercial Bank account, number 795-248-4255. (See story here.)

"My family would like to thank everyone for their help. We have received over B200,000 in donations. We will use it to pay for the cost of physical therapy, food and other necessary items for Adel.

“Every baht that you have provided helps us a lot. Thank you again,” Mr Mahason said.

Adel has suffered brain damage, but the family’s next main concern is his eyesight, Mr Mahason explained.

“His brain was affected in the accident. Now his brain is like that of a primary school student, and we have noticed that he cannot clearly see objects at a short distance,” he said.

“Right now we are trying to receive money from an insurance company, but there is not much we can do because we don’t have much knowledge about this.

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"We are trying to contact people who have this kind of knowledge and ask for information about how we can call for damages.

“We hope that if we receive money from an insurance company, we will use it for the long-term treatment of Adel.” Mr Mahason said.

“However, we are also waiting for the result of the investigation. We recently spoke with the inspector. He said that it might take a year,” he noted.

Lt Col Anukul Nuket, Deputy Chief of the Thalang Police, explained to Khao Phuket this week that he was still waiting for Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee of the Ministry of Transport to conclude their investigation.

“We can’t say when the result [of that investigation] will come out. It might take a long time to learn whether this accident was caused by engine failure or pilot error,” Col Anukul said.

The other student to survive the crash, Orawan Jindarak, has already returned to her studies at Thalang Technical College, where she and Adel were studying, Col Anukul noted.

“She has returned to her studies. Only Adel still needs treatment,” he said.

Miss Orawan sustained spinal cord, coccyx, muscle injuries and broken fingers in the crash.

After undergoing an operation, she received treatment at the female orthopaedic building unit at

Vachira Phuket Hospital and was discharged from hospital on Mar 27. (See story here.)

The plane crashed was recognised at the highest levels. Following the crash on March 10, a report sent to The Phuket News from Thalang Police Deputy Chief Lt Col Amnuay Kraiwuttianan, who was then acting as Thalang Police Chief, was also sent to Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon and other high-ranking officers in the Royal Thai Police.

Capt Nattee Pichitchainitimet of the Thalang Police, who was notified of the accident at 10:10am on March 10, confirmed that an aircraft captain and a specialist instructor from the Thalang Technical College died in the incident and that two students from the Thalang Technical College’s Aviation Maintenance Department sustained serious injuries when the light aircraft crashed on a plot of land in Pa Khlok near the Phuket Airpark.

1st Lt Narin Thaweewat, 67, from Pathum Thani, who was a specialist instructor in aviation maintenance at Thalang Technical College, and Capt Wattana Thinphang-nga, 68, from Phuket, both perished in the crash. (See story here.)

 

 

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