Thai A330 Skids off Runway in Bangkok
A Thai Airways International Airbus A330-300 skidded off the runway at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport after a flight from Guangzhou in China. It remains unclear what caused the incident, but witnesses report seeing sparks coming from the right main landing gear as the plane landed. A total of 13 passengers were injured during the evacuation. There were no fatalities.
The airline, as well as Airbus, is investigating why the 18-year-old A330 carrying 288 passengers and 14 crewmembers was unable to stop safely after landing on a clear and dry night. Occupants of the plane were evacuated using the emergency slides.
Thai Airways International says that the A330 involved in the incident underwent a major maintenance overhaul in April and that the pilot-in-command had over 14 years of flying experience with the airline.
Shortly after the overrun of the aircraft, crews were sent to the plane with black spray paint to cover the logos, titles, and registration number on the plane in a move Thai says is consistent with international practices following an accident.
This is Thai’s first incident since 2001, when a 737 burst into flames at the gate killing one flight attendant and injuring six others.
Photo courtesy Thailand Wings Magazine.