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11 February 2008 :: 07:02:18 am 25306

Aviation department to probe Phuket Air Crash

BANGKOK, Feb 9 A Thai-based committee responsible for investigating the cause of last September‘s air crash in the southern Thai resort island of Phuket will now begin working after the US government‘s National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) said it was unable to find causes of the crash because so much of the ill-fated plane were badly burned, a senior Transport Ministry official said Saturday.
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Aviation Department director-general Wuthichai Singhamanee said the NTSB recently notified his department saying that it was unable to determine the cause of the accident because parts of the plane were destroyed by fire.

The NTSB had earlier requested the department to help to determine the cause of the accident involving the One-Two-Go aircraft crash at Phuket International Airport which killed 89 of the 130 persons on board.

The accident occurred September 16 when the bidget carrier which left Bangkok for Phuket came down hard on the runway at Phuket airport amid heavy rain and strong crosswinds and skidded into a wooded embankment. The aircraft broke into two sections, caught fire almost immediately and was completely destroyed.

A sub-committee, headed by Mr. Wuthichai and which is assigned to investigate the cause of the tragedy will meet on February 14, he said, adding that the department is well equipped with personnel and equipment.

Mr. Wuthichai said he was confident that the cause of the accident would be known soon because the “black box” which contained vital information of the aircraft’s operations prior to the accident is in the possession of the department.

No punishment will be imposed on any agency or personnel after completion of the investigation because the accident was beyond control, he added. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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