Thai Airways issues statement on incident

10 Sep 2013 by Clement Huang

Thai Airways has issued a statement to provide clarification regarding the incident on September 8, where a Thai Airways A330 skidded off the runway upon landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

According to Thai Airway’s president Dr Sorajak Kasemsuvan, flight TG679 departed from Guangzhou at 2125 and arrived in Bangkok at 2320. Based on the statement, the aircraft experienced a landing gear malfunction upon touch down at Suvarnabhumi Airport, and skidded off the runway.

“Sparks were noticed from the vicinity of the right landing gear near the engine; the matter is under investigation," said Kasemsuvan, who also confirmed that emergency procedures were strictly followed, and that the airline had been conducting an investigation into the incident.

The aircraft was carrying 288 passengers and 14 crew members. According to the statement, 14 passengers suffered minor injuries and were immediately transferred to hospitals for treatment. The runway at Suvarnabhumi was also temporarily closed.

The incident comes less than two weeks after a Thai Airways Airbus A380 was hit by severe turbulence upon its descent to Hong Kong International Airport. 20 passengers were injured in that incident.

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