A Thai Airways jet slid off a runway in Bangkok, leaving 13 passengers injured, according to a Sept. 9 CNN report. The jet arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport late on Sunday night when the accident occurred.
At least 13 passengers were injured during the Thai Airways jet evacuation, but thankfully nobody died in the incident. The Thai Airways flight 679, which was an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, left Guangzhou, China, at 9:25 p.m. and arrived in Bangkok at 11:20 p.m. where it skidded off the runway due to a landing gear malfunction.
The crew of 14 quickly evacuated the plane's 288 passengers. None of those passengers were actually hurt during the landing. The 13 passengers who were injured in the Thai Airways jet incident were all injured evacuating the plane. The airline said,
"Thirteen passengers received minor injuries during the evacuation."
Those who were injured were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Several groups are investigating the incident including Airbus, THAI, and local authorities. The Suvarnabhumi Airport may experience delayed flights as crews remove the wreckage from the runway. Staff from Thai Airways actually covered up the plane's logo after the crash landing. Hopefully authorities quickly locate the problem so that it can be corrected before it affects future flights.
Thai Airways has experienced two incidents within the past two weeks. The previous incident was when 39 passengers were injured during turbulence Hong Kong International Airport near the end of August.
It is always scary when there are incidents with airplanes. Even so, air travel is considered an incredibly safe way to travel throughout the world.