Pattaya Daily News

28 March 2010 :: 11:03:36 am 16814

Thai Airways Flight Makes Emergency Landing in India

A Bangkok-bound Thai Airways 777-200 has been forced to make an emergency landing in India recently following a potentially major technical fault with the airlines fuel system.
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Kolkata, the 27th of March 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Having taken-off from Mumbai the Thai Airways flight was forced to make and emergency landing in Kolkata after the pilot discovered a technical fault with the fuel supply causing an irregular flow to the engines.

All 238 passengers on-board were safe, but left stranded at the airport for several hours before being allocated rooms at a nearby hotel, free of charge. They were later accommodated on another scheduled Kolkata-Bangkok flight.

The overnight flight was scheduled to land in Bangkok at dawn, however; a fuel supply issue that was discovered by the pilot forced him to request and emergency landing. “Around 1 am, the pilot sought permission for an emergency landing. The pilot informed us that supply of fuel from the tank to the engine was not steady. As a result, there was not enough power in the engine,” said a senior air traffic controller.

Senior engineers have said that such problems are rare, however; if they arise they are treated with extreme caution as a fuel leak is almost certainly the cause of the unsteady fuel flow. “Pilots have to be careful in case of such a problem. If faults are not detected on time, the aircraft can even run out of fuel. This can eventually lead to a crash,” said one of the engineers.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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