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Thai Smile makes emergency landing in Phuket

Thai Smile makes emergency landing in Phuket

PHUKET: A THAI Smile Airways Airbus A320 suffered engine problems and made an emergency landing at Phuket International Airport yesterday (Feb 22).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 23 February 2023, 02:51PM

Confirmation of the incident came via Phuket Info Center, which operates under the Phuket Provincial Office, earlier today (Feb 23).

Airports of Thailand Phuket branch (AoT Phuket), which operates Phuket International Airport, and Thai Smile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thai Airways International, have yet to recognise the safety incident directly to the public.

The Thai Smile flight made the emergency landing at 1pm, said the report by Phuket Info Center today.

The A320 made a “hard landing” with a tailstrike on the runway, said the report.

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Thankfully, the pilot managed to bring the plane to a halt and all passengers disembarked safely, the report added.

The runway was closed from 1:55pm to 2:50pm while repairs were made to the one square metre on the landing strip that suffered damage from the tailstrike.

The runway closure caused delays to “about 20 flights” due to take off and land during the period, said the report.

The Thai Smile Airbus A320 is now being checked and undergoing repairs at the Delta section of the airport, the report added.

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Pooliekev | 24 February 2023 - 15:03:57

Air China 611 was so long ago as to be almost irrelevant. 20 years ago, I was allowed to smoke on a Royal Brunei flight to Australia, as long as I was seated in the back three rows.

christysweet | 24 February 2023 - 10:18:27

That Air China  flight  611 that broke up  in the air after an improperly  patched stress fracture had a line of nicotine running down  the belly from the 20 years of smoking  on  flights afterwards. No one ever noticed  the leak untill too late. 

Kurt | 24 February 2023 - 09:54:52

Thanks for safe landing. But think about all these holding/destination changing aircrafts, ( as with that recent russian aircraft happening). Phuket airport is infrastructural not able to handle flights when there is a very full arrival/departure schedule erruption. Is a airport safety concern. More flight spreading is needed, over 24 hrs a day for overloading Phuket with tourists.

Taswegian | 24 February 2023 - 09:53:59

I hope they do a proper repair on that tail strike! Planes that have just had a patch put over similar damage have suffered catastrophic damage when the plane is pressurised at altitude.

Prab | 23 February 2023 - 15:20:30

good news the pilot landed back safely. Well done 


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