Thai Airways Airbus with Nosegear Failure skids off Bangkok runway, 14 Hospitalized

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
By George Hatcher

A Thai Airways International Airbus A330-321 en route from Guangzhou Baiyun International to Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International (i.e. China to Thailand) had a runway excursion when it landed at its destination.

Fortunately emergency services were on hand to put out the fire that started in the engine.

The Thai Airways statement said there was a “landing gear malfunction.”

The plane went off the right side of the runway, and the nosegear failed.

There were fourteen crew and 388 passengers. Fourteen people were injured and hospitalized in Bangkok. Emergency slides were used to exit the plane. We presume the injuries occurred on the emergency slides.

Theguardian reported that Thai Airways covered up the logo after the accident. This practice is known as the “crisis communication rule” from Star Alliance, and is a measure to save face and reputation.

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