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Bangkok Airport Disruption

September 9, 2013 – 10:53 am

A Thai Airways Airbus A330-300, performing flight TG679 from Guangzhou (China) to Bangkok (Thailand) with 287 passengers and 14 crew, landed on Bangkok’s runway at about 23:30 hrs but veered right off the runway and came to a stop with all gear on soft ground. The aircraft was evacuated via slides. 12 people received minor injuries during the evacuation. The aircraft received damage to both engines and the nose gear, the nose gear is bent but did not collapse.

The airline reported (in their original Thai wording) that upon touchdown the nose gear caused a disruption which resulted in the aircraft to veer off the runway, their English translation reports a failure of the nose gear as cause of the aircraft veering off the runway. The captain took control of the aircraft and brought it to a stop. The airline confirmed 8 people received minor injuries as a result of the evacuation and were taken to hospitals.

The airport authority reported that runway 01R/19L will not be available during entire Monday, September 9th. Emergency services attended to a right hand engine fire following the runway excursion. None of the gear struts has collapsed (contradicting media reports in Thailand reporting the nose gear had collapsed).

A passenger reported that the aircraft touched down normally with its main gear, but when the nose gear touched down the aircraft veered violently to the right, the aircraft appeared to roll left first then right. When the aircraft came to a stop there was fire visible from the right hand side, an evacuation through the left hand doors was immediately initiated.

Due to the disruption on the runways there could be flight delays over the next 24 hours until normal services resume.

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