Over 80 Dead in Phuket Plane Crash

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Monday, 17 September 2007

On Sunday evening, a plane carrying 123 passengers and 7 crew crashed while landing at Phuket International Airport. At least 88 people (confirmed number at press time) have been confirmed killed, with others still seriously injured. Just under half the passengers are believed to be Thai, while others affected include nationals from Australia, France, Holland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Sweden and Great Britain.

Bangkok-based low cost airline, One-Two-Go, had flown the flight, OG/OX 269, from the Thai capital, to the famous beach destination of Phuket in the South. The plane that crashed was a McDonnell Douglas MD-82.

The crash is Thailands deadliest since 1998 when 101 people were killed as a Thai Airways plane crashed in December while trying to land in heavy rain at Surat Thani.

The airline has set up a series of numbers to help concerned parties with any inquiries they may have. People outside Thailand should also contact their Embassy in Bangkok for the latest information.

The One-Two-Go numbers are: +66 85-155-4622, +66 85-911-5092 +66 85-918-3422, +66 82-535-7662, +66 2504-3227, +66 2504-3641.

Established in 2003, One-Two-Go, owned by Orient Thai, operates around 168 flights a week, with had a fleet of 7 MD-82 and 6 Boeing 747's. in addition to its many Thai domestic routes, the airline also flies to Hong Kong from Bangkok and also Phuket, as well as to Korea.

The airport reopened at 17:00 local time on Monday, 17 September 2007.

See also: Thai Airways moves Phuket Flights to Krabi and other recent news regarding: Travel News Asia, Bangkok, MD Aircraft, Phuket

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