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Thai Airways Airbus damaged in Bangkok runway excursion

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posted on Sep, 8 2013 @ 09:38 PM
A Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 suffered a runway excursion upon landing in Bangkok, leading to the nose gear collapsing and damage to both engines. According to social media reports it was a clear night, and there were no weather problems.

The aircraft was operating from Guangzhou as flight TG679, with 288 passengers and 14 crew at the time of the accident. After stopping, the aircraft was evacuated by the on board slides, resulting in 13 injuries, all reportedly minor. The aircraft was built in 1995 (MSN 066, Registration HS-TEF).

The nose landing gear of a Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 aircraft collapsed after the aircraft made a runway excursion upon landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport on 8 September.

The aircraft was operating on the Guangzhou-Bangkok route, and the incident occurred at 23:20 local time, says a company spokeswoman. The 288 passengers and 14 crew evacuated via the aircraft's slides, which resulted in 13 minor injuries.

The spokeswoman could not confirm the aircraft's registration number, but images on social media show the registration as HS-TEF.

Images found on social media platforms appear to show that the front landing gear collapsed during the incident, and that the cowling of the aircraft's left side Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine was damaged.
edit on 9/8/2013 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)

posted on Sep, 8 2013 @ 10:35 PM
Just saw this and thought wow thats strange
I was on a plane last night in my dreams although the plane was a seven forty seven, and the crash area looked like tropical jungle ,Felt like landing but with extreme vibration ,and i left via the emergency shute from the front port exit

Again "wow"

Is there any pics of the setting where it occurred?
edit on 8-9-2013 by 12voltz because: (no reason given)

posted on Sep, 8 2013 @ 10:49 PM
reply to post by Zaphod58

I've flown in and out of Bangkok airport a few times and it's got one of the worst commercial runways I've seen. Full of cracks where the weeds are growing through and pot-holes in the tarmac. The Airport Authority get plenty of money to keep it in good repair but for some reason the money never gets spent on passenger safety.

posted on Sep, 8 2013 @ 11:00 PM
reply to post by 12voltz

It's a very interesting airport to say the least. It's a beautiful terminal facility, but the runways themselves are in very poor condition.

This page has some interesting details about the runways and problems that have developed.

posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 04:02 AM
A spokesperson for Thai Airways said that sparks were noticed coming from the right main landing gear, which caused the aircraft to veer off the runway.

posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 08:02 PM
They don't waste any time at this airline. A couple of hours after the incident workers on cranes had taken black paint to the name on the fuselage, and the logo on the tail, blocking them out.

Less than two weeks ago a Thai A380 flight to Hong Kong hit severe turbulence during the descent, injuring 20 passengers. The total count of injuries from this incident was increased to 14, with two remaining in the hospital at Bangkok.

posted on Sep, 12 2013 @ 04:23 PM
The Executive Vice President for the technical division has said that it was a defective bogie beam in one of the landing gear that caused the accident. An A340-600 in ground testing suffered a premature fracture in one of the beams, leading Airbus to call for increased inspections, and a limit to the life of the beams. This particular aircraft was inspected in February, and was deemed satisfactory.

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