Thai Airways Airbus 330-300 skids off runway in Bangkok
A Thai Airways plane skidded off the runway at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on 7 September 2013 after its nose landing gear failed. The Airbus 330-300 skidded off the runway and came to a rest in the grass next to the runway.
The flight originated from Guangzhou, China and was carrying 288 passengers and a complement of 14 crew members. Most were unharmed except for 14 people who were slightly injured when they came down the escape slides.
In an official statement, the airline said:
Sparks were noticed from the vicinity of the right landing gear near the engine; the matter is under investigation” by Thai civil aviation officials. The captain took control of the aircraft until it came to a complete stop and passengers were evacuated from the aircraft emergency exits. The operation was conducted by the captain and cabin crew strictly according to emergency procedures.
The plane was still at the same spot the next morning, with the evacuation slides still deployed and the Thai Airways name and logo covered. The airline goes on to say that it would take about 24 hours for the plane to be moved from its current location, which would cause delays in flights going out of the airport.
This comes after an incident a week ago where a Thai Airways A-380 hit severe turbulence in a Bangkok to Hong Kong flight, injuring several passengers and crew.