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04 August 2009 :: 17:08:05 pm 33290

Pilot Killed, 41 Injured In Samui Plane Crash

SURAT THANI, Aug 4 - A pilot was killed and 41 passengers were injured--seven critically-- when a commercial aircraft skidded off a runway and crashed into the air traffic control tower at the airport on the popular resort island of Samui in Thailand's southern province of Surat Thani.
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The Bangkok Airways flight PG266 from Krabi to Samui carried 68 passengers and four crew members when it touched down in heavy rain.

“Sadly we have learnt that the pilot of the aircraft has died,” said Kannikar Kemavuthanon, the director general of the Department of Civil Aviation.

Ms Kanikka said the Bangkok Airways Flight PG266 was an ATR-72 twin-turboprop with 68 passengers, two pilots and two crew members on board.

“The weather was very bad during landing with heavy rain and wind,” she said.

The senior aviation official confirmed the captain of the ATR72 twin-turboprop had died in the crash.

Pol Maj Sayan Sartsri of Bor Pud police station said the captain was later identified as Mr Chartchai Pansuwan.
He was killed at the scene while other passengers were injured. The flight was carrying 68 passengers and four crew members.

The President of Bangkok Airways Capt Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth said the dead pilot, Pilot Officer Chartchai Pansuwan, was very experienced. He had worked for the company for 19 years, and had flown this model aircraft for 14 years.

After the crash, Thai Airways International cancelled two flights to Samui, TG 287 and TG 288, leaving more than 200 passengers stranded at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

“The heavy damage was at the front of the plane where the pilot was. It looks like he suffered from the impact,” police Maj Col Sayan Sartsri told reporters.

Initial investigation suggested that the bad weather at the time of accident is likely to have affected the landing.

Doctor Natthawut Prasersiripong, chief of Surat Thani provincial health office, said 41 passengers were injured, including eight foreigners. Among those seven were seriously injured. They are now being treated in five hospitals in the province.



The nationalities of those on board were Italian, Swiss, British, French, German and Israeli, according to Bangkok Airways vice president Putthipong Prasarttong-osoth The civil aviation department chief said the Samui airport runway was temporarily closed after the accident.

Contact the Emergency Call Center 02 265 8777 [Bangkok Airways]

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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