Thai Airways plane skids off runway injuring 13...and then the airline blacks out their logo
The airline said the accident was due to a "glitch" in its wheel base while landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport late last night
Monday 09 September 2013
A Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 plane has skidded off the runway at Bangkok's main airport, injuring 13 passengers.
The airline said the accident was due to a "glitch" in its wheel base while landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport late last night.
Photographs of flight TG679 from Guangzhou, China, showed the plane resting on the runway with nose down and its logo blacked out.
The decision to black out the name of the airline was in accordance with Star Alliance network guidance on emergency management, but the move drew criticism and ridicule on social media.
Thai Airways official Smud Poom-On said that "blurring the logo" after an accident was a recommendation from Star Alliance known as the "crisis communication rule," meant to protect the image of both the airline and other members of Star Alliance.
Thai Airways President Sorajak Kasemsuvan said in a statement about the accident: "After touchdown at Suvarnabhumi Airport, the landing gear malfunctioned and caused the aircraft to skid off the runway."
"Sparks were noticed from the vicinity of the right landing gear near the engine; the matter is under investigation."
Airbus spokesman Justin Dubon said it was too early to comment on what caused the accident. He said Airbus has dispatched a team of experts to Bangkok 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.
"The captain took control of the aircraft until it came to a complete stop and passengers were evacuated from the aircraft emergency exits," the Thai Airways president said.
Additional reporting by Associated Press
Video: Thai plane skids off runway
- 1 Video shows how to turn your phone into a 3D hologram
- 2 Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
- 3 Katie Hopkins reveals fear she will die during brain surgery to cure epilepsy
- 4 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
RideLondon 2015: Cyclist dies while climbing highest hill in Surrey during sportive
Katie Hopkins reveals fear she will die during brain surgery to cure epilepsy
Tensions flare as Confederate flag supporter reaches for gun when confronted by protests – in pictures
'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters
Tom Cruise: Reporters banned from asking actor about Scientology
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
Up to 70k DOE: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Financial Director ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This company has been manufacturing high quali...
£16000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is the fairest onl...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Production Planner is require...