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THAI flight from Hong Kong skids off Phuket runway, incident under investigation

PHUKET: Thailand’s national air safety agency is investigating a Thai Airways flight from Hong Kong veering off the runway on landing at Phuket International Airport on Dec 28.

By The Phuket News

Friday 26 January 2018, 02:11PM

The incident, although under investigation, is not being treated as a critical failure, with no injuries reported.  Photo: AoT / file

The incident, although under investigation, is not being treated as a critical failure, with no injuries reported. Photo: AoT / file

The respected The Aviation Herald, which reports air safety incidents supported with flight data, reported the incident as a “runway excursion on landing”.

“A Thai Airways Airbus A330-300, registration HS-TEO performing flight TG-609 from Hong Kong (China) to Phuket (Thailand), landed on Phuket's runway 09 at about 13:00L (06:00Z) but veered right off the runway,” said The Aviation Herald. (See story here.)

The incident, although under investigation, is not being treated as a critical failure, with no injuries reported. The aircraft sustained minor damage and was back in service within hours, the report added.

“According to ADS-B data the aircraft departed Phuket for Bangkok (Thailand) as flight TG-208 about 2 hours after landing, but remained on the ground in Bangkok for about 15 hours after landing in Bangkok before returning to service,” noted The Aviation Herald.

However, Thailand’s national air safety agency reported the occurrence was rated a serious incident and is being investigated, said the report.

Despite the official confirmation the incident was under investigation, management from Airports of Thailand (AoT), which operates Phuket International Airport, today declined to comment to The Phuket News about the incident.

Banteung Metchai, head of the Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee of the Flight Standards Bureau under the Department of Civil Aviation in Bangkok, was not available to comment when The Phuket News called earlier today.



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Fascinated | 31 January 2018 - 19:56:31

I have on occasion contacted the Editor to find out why the person in question is allowed to post his drivel all the time. It adds nothing and has become more than tiresome. This has garnered no reply. I can only assume he is somehow related to the Editor!

Jor12 | 30 January 2018 - 12:38:36

Thank you for the comments to which I agree. I will try in future to follow your sound advice, even though it will be very hard. 

Timothy | 30 January 2018 - 09:00:03

..., of course sensible people agree. We choose to ignore the stupid comments that are made by the same jack-ass over and over again. Just skim past his comments like the rest of us. They are meaningless and almost always, completely contrary to popular opinion. He just wants attention. Never anything of value to add...

Jor12 | 29 January 2018 - 22:00:47

Well, if I present a danger to hundreds of others - not dissimilar to a skidding plane on a runway - using your analogy I must be "transparent" and report it because I cannot "hide" it. Why report that the sky is green - where's the danger in that? The point of the article is that it was reported and is being investigated further. 

Kurt | 29 January 2018 - 18:43:23

The idea to hit a curb with your car, and try to compare that with with a full passenger loaded skidding aircraft on a arrival runway is something.. 
Anyone agree?

Kurt | 29 January 2018 - 18:34:26

Ok, I now announce the sky is  green, and the grass is blue.
Now written, yes? 
So, it is true. Right?
Start to defend that now.! 
Report, report, report. Yup. No space to derail about it.  :-)
So funny.

Jor12 | 29 January 2018 - 11:40:14

Read the report and see what reports were actually made and by whom. As usual you have no idea what you are talking about.

I hit the curb with my car and the wheel alignment is now out. Because I probably now present a danger to hundreds of other road users, in terms of "transparency" what department do I report that too? 

Kurt | 29 January 2018 - 10:19:46

Internet, internet, a fast global working medium. 
Anybody can email, sms to The Aviation Herald or any newspaper in the world.
That is called 'transparency'.
Perhaps was done already by a few passengers upon arrival Phuket Airport on Dec.28.
Waiting for thai Authorities to confirm can take a few more weeks.
No rocket science.

Jor12 | 28 January 2018 - 18:51:05

How did the Aviation Herald get to know of the matter if it wasn't from Thai Authorities? The plane has probably flown around the world 30 times already and commentators are still on ground trying hard to keep up.

Kurt | 28 January 2018 - 10:48:28

The transparency came from 'The Aviation Herald',  NOT from any thai Authority since the accident happen on Dec 28!
Because of 'The Aviation Herald' report, the thai were now forced to publish something, 1 month later. Nothing to do with 'transparency'.
The obvious needed 'further checks' of 15 hours should have done on Phuket Airport, before any next flight!

Christy Sweet | 27 January 2018 - 16:45:34

After a "Serious incident" I would hope any plane gets checked on site, not flown.

Christy Sweet | 27 January 2018 - 16:42:57

I'm still waiting for promised indictments over One-two-Go and Orient Thai is still operating. 

Jor12 | 27 January 2018 - 15:57:17

What on earth are you talking about? Clearly you don't understand the article. It's transparent because it has been and was reported. Also read the article, it says it left Phuket, meaning engineers deemed it operative and that no repairs were needed in Bangkok, but held for 15 hours there, obviously for further checks. 

Kurt | 27 January 2018 - 11:58:30

Not being open and transparent immediately after a aviation accident as a airline is in international aviation world a sin!
Not being open and transparent = HIDING!
And hiding means, you loose international trust.

Kurt | 27 January 2018 - 10:34:47

Was the aircraft 'fit' to fly from Phuket to Bangkok, or was it impossible to do repairs on Phuket and therefor flew in full service to Bangkok ( money, money) and got repaired there?
No transparency. Not yet published the 'minor damage'.

chris007 | 27 January 2018 - 03:53:17

I fully agree that full transparency is required.i certainly wont be flying thai airways for that reason alone.if there is nothing to hide full transparency proves it, by not being transparent suggests impropriety. i generally over look many things regarding "losing face"  but losing my life is a different matter.

Jor12 | 26 January 2018 - 21:29:17 the expert in aviation is claiming cover up by authorities. What defamatory nonsense given the matter was reported. Clearly aircraft engineers deemed it fit to fly from Phuket then Bangkok. The article doesn't indicate that any repairs were necessary just held for 15 hours. Surprised though that no query was made of drugs or alcohol being consumed by the pilot.

R Sole | 26 January 2018 - 14:48:43

Wow there is a first for Phuket. The Thai airways plane was back in service within hours? Did they not spray the tail logo with black paint and spray fuselage logo out with black paint too? Or do they only do that a swampy, when Thai Airways go to sniff the grass?

Kurt | 26 January 2018 - 14:40:25

Decline, lie, not available. And it all goes over, in thai thinking.

That this aircraft was allowed just within hours to take off again with a full load of passengers from Phuket is unbelievable.
And later in Bangkok grounded/repaired 15 hours!
The minor damage must be about landing gear. And that is not a minor issue in international aviation!

Kurt | 26 January 2018 - 14:28:29

Even thai air aviation matters are now covered up by Thai Authorities, unless The Aviation Herald reports
No critical failure, minor damage?
In international aviation context this affair is seen as very serious.  Covering up is a serious international aviation crime 
And lost of a lot of international aviation- and tourist trust.

Since when is a runway landing excursion not a serious matter?...

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