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THAI 747 slides off Suvarnabhumi runway on landing

BANGKOK: A Thai Airways Boeing 747-400 carrying 97 passengers and 18 crew members from Guangzhou slid off a runway while landing at Suvarnabhumi airport in heavy rain late yesterday (Oct 8). There were no injuries.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 9 October 2018, 09:10AM

The THAI Airbus A330-300 that skidded off the runway at Suvarnabhumi airport on Sept 8, 2013, with the airline name painted over. Photo: Bangkok Post / File

The THAI Airbus A330-300 that skidded off the runway at Suvarnabhumi airport on Sept 8, 2013, with the airline name painted over. Photo: Bangkok Post / File

Pratana Patanasiri, Thai Airways vice president for aviation safety, said flight TG679 departed from Guangzhou at 8:58pm local time and arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport at 10:48pm. It was landing in heavy rain and slid off a runway.

When the plane finally came to a stop, slides were deployed and passengers and crew members were evacuated and moved safely to the passenger terminal. No one was injured. Passengers were served with food and beverages while waiting for their baggage, Mr Pratana said.

The airline and authorities are investigating.

Media reported the plane blocked Runway 19R and it was closed pending its removal.

On the night of Sept 8, 2013 THAI’s Airbus A330-300 plane also serving flight TG679 from Guangzhou skidded off Suvarnabhumi runway on landing and caused flight delays.

In that incident THAI badly damaged its image by trying to paint over the aircraft’s insignia and distinctive tail, causing widespread mirth at the completely unsuccessful cover-up.

Forty passengers were injured in that incident, 14 of whom had to be hospitalised. Authorities blamed that incident on landing gear malfunction. It took three days to remove the plane.

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alf | 10 October 2018 - 14:46:01

Just another case of breaks failure ...

Kurt | 10 October 2018 - 07:57:30

A 389 seat aircraft with only 97 passengers? About a 25% load. No wonder that THAI remains in red figures. Dramatic fall of Chinese arrivals. 
And at least 443 flights cancelled/delayed arrival/departure for more than 15 hours. ( runway blocked). According FAA, Thailand has fallen short in international standards of pilot qualifications. ( BangkokPost)

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