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Thai Airways jet skids off runway while landing at Bangkok airport

Amy Sawitta Lefevre

A Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 plane has skidded off the runway while landing at Bangkok's main airport last night, injuring 14 passengers.

The nose wheel collapsed on landing, the airline said.

 

The flight from Guangzhou, China, was carrying 288 passengers and 14 crew members. Passengers were evacuated using emergency slides and the 14 injured were sent to a Bangkok hospital, Thai Airways said.

 

"Thai Airways International Flight TG 679 from Guangzhou was scheduled to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 23:00 hours local time. The nose gear failed as the plane touched the runway causing the plane to skid," the airline said in an emailed statement.

 

"Sparks were noticed from the vicinity of the right landing gear near the engine; the matter is under investigation" by Thai civil aviation officials, it said.

Airport staff work around a Thai Airways plane that skidded off the runaway while landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport September 9, 2013
Airport staff work around a Thai Airways plane that skidded off the runaway while landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport September 9, 2013
An airplane takes off in the distance as airport staff work around a Thai Airways plane that skidded off the runaway while landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport September 9, 2013
Airport staff works around a Thai Airways plane that skidded off the runaway while landing, as another takes off in the distance, at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport September 9, 2013
Airport staff works around a Thai Airways plane that skidded off the runaway while landing, as another takes off in the distance, at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport September 9, 2013
A cyclist looks at a Thai Airways plane that skidded off the runaway while landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport September 9, 2013
Airport staff work around a Thai Airways plane that skidded off the runaway while landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport September 9, 2013
Airport staff work around a Thai Airways plane that skidded off the runaway while landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport September 9, 2013
A Thai Airways passenger plane takes off over a damaged Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 after it skidded off the runway at Sunvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
Airport staff work around a Thai Airways plane that skidded off the runaway while landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport September 9, 2013. Thirteen passengers were slightly injured when a Thai Airways A330-300 plane flying from Guangzhou skidded off the runaway while landing in Bangkok according to local media
A damaged head section of a Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 is seen with the Thai Airways logo above windows blacked out at Sunvarnabhumi international airport in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Sept. 9, 2013

 

Bangkok's futuristic Suvarnabhumi airport opened seven years ago and has since become one of the busiest airports in Asia. Built to handle 45 million passengers a year, Suvarnabhumi Airport is already seeing 53 million passengers annually.

 

The airport is expanding a new passenger terminal and adding more parking bays and a new runway to enable it to handing 60 million fliers by 2017, according to the Airports of Thailand Public Company Ltd.

Reuters

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