A Bangkok Airways ATR72 aircraft has crashed after skidding
off the runway at Samui Airport.
Flight PG 266, which was flying from the
popular tourist destination of Krabi, also in Southern Thailand,
crashed while landing in heavy wind and rain on Tuesday afternoon.
The aircraft veered off to the right and smashed
into an old air control tower causing damage to the front
of the plane, and killing the pilot Captain Chatchai Punsuvan. Medical services used the rear doors to help remove
Injuries, some serious, have been reported and one fatality, the pilot,
There was 68 passengers, 2 cabin crew and 2 pilots on the aircraft
when it crashed.
The emergency number for concerned
family is: +662 265 8777. The
number is in Thailand and is not toll free.
“On behalf of Bangkok Airways, I would like to,
again, express my sympathy towards our passengers and crews who
have been affected from the unfortunate accident of PG 266 in
Samui, particularly my deepest condolence to the family of Captain
Chatchai Punsuvan, who lost his life in this accident. While the
investigation of this accident remains underway, Bangkok Airways’
management reassures that we continue to take safety as priority
in all aspects of our operations,” said Captain Puttipong
Prasattong-Osoth, the President of Bangkok Airways, “We are
conforming to our Crisis Management standard in order to regain
our status in normalcy the fastest possible.”
As a result of the accident Thai Airways, one of
the few other airlines to use Samui Airport which is owned by Bangkok
Airways, cancelled two return flights - TG287 and TG288.
149 passengers booked on flight TG287 and 143 passengers booked on
flight TG288. Thai Airways said it has arranged hotel
accommodation for these passengers.
Once Samui Airport reopens, Thai Airways will
operate flights as normal, and has organised two special flights
to help the stranded passengers unable to fly today.
These special flights are:
Flight TG2879 which will depart from
Suvarnabhumi Airport at 09.40 hours and arrive in Samui Airport at
10.45 hours; and
Flight TG2889 which will depart from Samui
Airport at 11.25 hours and arrive in Suvarnabhumi Airport at 12.30
Bangkok Airways expects to resume its normal
operations after 13.00 on Wednesday. The airline will reroute and
add extra flights to Surat Thani Airport as follows:
Bangkok-Surat Thani / Surat Thani-Bangkok
PG 5112 07.45-08.50 (extra flight)
PG 104 07.45-08.50
PG 121 07.30-08.35
PG 5125 08.00-09.05
PG 5126 09.45-10.50 (extra
PG 123 08.15-09.20
PG 217 10.00-11.05
PG 128 10.45-11.50
PG 805 09.40-10.45
Chiang Mai-Surat Thani / Surat Thani-Chiang
PG 242 09.55-11.40
PG 138 12.20-13.25
Bangkok Airways is a small regional airline
that likes to be known as "Asia's Boutique Airline". In addition to
domestic routes within Thailand, the airline also flies to
numerous destinations in China, Singapore, the Maldives and other
popular tourist spots in the region.
Krabi and Samui are both extremely popular
tourist destinations with foreigners and Thais alike. To combat
the current tourism downturn being experienced globally but
especially in Thailand, the airline recently launched a
Flyer Pass promotion to help boost numbers.
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