Bangkok — A Thai Airways plane veered off the runway as it arrived at Bangkok’s main international airport Sunday night, injuring at least 13 people, according to a Bangkok Post report.
The plane was an Airbus 330-300 carrying 288 passengers and 14 crew, and was arriving from Guangzhou in China when it touched down at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport about 11:20 p.m. The flight number was TG679.
“The nose gear failed as the plane touched the runway, causing the plane to skid,” Thai Airways said in a statement.
“Sparks were noticed from the vicinity of the right landing gear near the engine; the matter is under investigation.”
Passengers were able to evacuate with the use of emergency slides. The injured were taken to a hospital.
According to reports, no one was injured during the actual accident. The airline’s statement said that a total of “13 passengers received minor injuries while evacuating the aircraft”.
Some passengers said they heard a loud noise on landing and saw a fire at the right side of the aircraft.
Airport authorities said they had not yet been able to move the aircraft from the runway, and some flight delays were likely Monday morning. Image/Photos by Panumas Sanguanwong, Somchai Poomlard: Bangkok Post