Thai plane skids off runway, injures 13-A A +A
Monday, September 9, 2013
BANGKOK -- A Thai Airways Airbus 330-300 skidded off the runway while landing at Bangkok's main airport after its landing gear malfunctioned, the airline said Monday.
The flight from Guangzhou, China, was carrying 14 crew mebers and 288 passengers; 13 of which were injured during evacuation.
"Sparks were noticed from the vicinity of the right landing gear near the engine, the matter is under investigation." said Thai Airways President Sorajak Kasemsuvan.
"The captain took control of the aircraft until it came to a complete stop and passengers were evacuated from the aircraft emergency exits," he added.
Airbus spokesman Justin Dubon said it was too early to comment on what caused the accident. He said they have already dispatched a team of experts to aid in the investigation.
Photos taken after the incident showed deep furrows from skid marks in a grassy area off the runway, and the aircraft resting with its nose down and emergency slides inflated.
After the accident, workers on a crane blacked out the Thai Airways logo on the tail and body of the aircraft.
Thai Airways official Smud Poom-On said the blurring of logo, known as the "crisis communication rule," was a recommendation from Star Alliance meant to protect the image of both the airline and other members of Star Alliance.
The incident occurred less than two weeks after 20 passengers were injured when a Thai Airways Airbus A380 hit severe turbulence as it was descending to Hong Kong's airport. (AP)