MORE PICS - Thai Budget Plane Crashed Sunday 16 Sep 07; 1-2 Go Flight OG269; 130 paxs; 87 Died 43 Survived; MAS cancelled KL-Phuket flights
UPDATE: Sep 17
Note: Family members, relatives & friends seeking information from the airline can contact the One-Two-Go hotline at 1126 or dial - - - > 076-351144 or 076-351166. (see Below, additional numbers)
Thailand International Dialing Code is 66, use this code first
88 perish in One-Two-Go crash'
Recovered bodies of the 88 victims of the One-Two-Go flight OG269 crash are being kept in a makeshift morgue at the airport. It is expected to take rescue workers all night to recover the remaining bodies from the wreckage. PHUKET: Of the 130 passengers and crew aboard One-Two-Go flight OG269 that crash landed at
Most of the survivors were either thrown from the fuselage when the plane crashed into a berm alongside the taxiway or managed to escape before the intense fire that followed, he said. All 42 survivors were rushed to hospital. Thirty were sent to
Both the pilot and co-pilot were killed. The bodies that rescue workers have recovered are being kept in a makeshift morgue (ABOVE) in an airport hanger. Udom Thantprasongchai, Managing Director of Orient Thai, which operates the low-cost One-Two-Go service, is expected to arrive in Phuket soon from Krabi. He will be accompanied by Ministry of Interior Permanent Secretary and former Phuket Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi and Deputy Transport Minister Sansern Nongchooam. Passengers seeking information from the airline can contact the One-Two-Go hotline at 1126 or dial 076-351144 or 076-351166.= == == = == = ==Malaysiakini on a tight budget operates on Sunday with a skeleton staff and has not covered this crash yet. Its current top weekend topics covered inter alia are Police chief: Ceramah location matters and UPM security ‘stole’ laptop, claims student activist
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One Two Go Flight OG 269 lost balance while touching down and skidded off the runway. The MD82 plane slammed into trees and an earth embankment, exploding and breaking in two, witnesses and officials said. Health Minister Mongkol Na Songkhla said 87 people died and 43 people survived. There were a total of 130 passenger and crew on the plane. Of the 43 survivors, 15 are Thais and 28 foreigners. The verification of identities of both the dead and injured were far from complete at press time. Deputy Transport Minister Sansern Wongchaum earlier said that there were 78 foreigners on board. Tourists from
A surviving Thai passenger said the plane "landed hard" and "bounced" and then skidded off the runway. Air Transport Department chief Chiasak Angkauwan said, "the airplane requested to land but due to the weather in Phuket strong wind and heavy rain maybe the pilot did not see the runway clearly." One survivor told of a fast drop in altitude by the airplane and sudden brief jerk upward. He said they plane then crash landed and exploded. He saw several fellow passengers on fire. It was not immediately clear if the pilot, who was reportedly killed, was attempting to pull the aircraft up in the last minute when it crashlanded.
He had reportedly been allowed to circle the airport to wait for improvement in weather conditions. An official at the
Rescue teams and navy personnel were involved in the rescue operation. Bodies were piled up in the smouldering wreckage. All flights in and out of the Phuket airport have been cancelled. An Irish tourist, identifying himself only as "John", said he was on board the flight. He and his friend survived with bruises all over their bodies. "We sat on the 18th row. The weather was real bad and there were lots of unusual noises during the landing. Something was obviously wrong [during the landing]," he said. He and his friend escaped through the emergency door. Meanwhile Transportation Minister Thira Haochareon said
"When the plane landed it caught fire," she told AFP at Phuket airport. "We could see the fire coming out of it. It was chaos inside my plane." Authorities say they will not make any assumption regarding the cause of the tragedy until investigation is completed, although bad weather was obviously a problem at the airport over the weekend. An American pilot who landed just prior to the One Two Go plane reportedly told CNN that the landing was one of the toughest he had ever undertaken - indicating that the weather conditions were severe. Like several other airlines, One Two Go has reportedly undergone manpower changes. The boss of One Two Go and Orient Thai budget airlines, Udom Tantisprongchai, is said to have replaced several of his Western and Thai pilots - allegedly to cut costs and reduce the chance of work disputes _ with crews with Indonesian and Philippine pilots. However, authorities insisted it was too soon to presume anything, including whether human errors played a part in the tragedy. Certain reports said the pilot was given permission to abort the landing in the final minutes. Communications between the pilot and the air traffic controller and their judgements _ information contained in the black box _ could shed some light on the tragedy. Some aviation sources said an instruction or decision to land in Krabi could have been taken in extreme weather conditions. Last night a swarm of media had descended on the office of One Two Go, near the intersection of Asoke and Sukhumvit. With the high death toll and the fact that it took place in the heart of
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More Than 110 Believed Killed In Phuket Air Crash
The One-To-Go Airlines was carrying 123 passengers and five crew when it slid off the runway and broke into two before catching fire. The plane had flown from
A MAS official said the MH790 Kuala Lumpur-Phuket flight was scheduled to have arrived in Phuket at ( Malaysian time) and returned to
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One-Two-GO passenger jet crashes upon landing at Phuket
By Thomas Fuller; IHT; Published:
Eleven of the injured were Thai, 8 British, two Austrians, two Iranian and two Irish. There was also one Italian, one German and one Dutch passenger injured. Another remained unidentified. The exact cause of the crash remained unclear Sunday evening but witnesses said that amid heavy wind and rain the plane had slid off the runway soon after touching down.
Chaowalert Jitjumnong, a survivor of the crash who was seated in row 22 said he heard no explosion. "The plane slid and then crashed," Chaowalert said on the Thai television channel TITV. "It was dark and there was a lot of smoke." Chaowalert said he crawled toward the light. "I slid out onto the wing," he said. "After I got out of the plane I saw fire."
The crash was the latest in a series of accidents involving low-cost airlines in
The ministry said that Orient Thai, which operated flights from
The official also was quoted saying that the Korean government would urge the Thai government "to strengthen aviation safety." In October 2004, a Boeing 747-200 operated by Orient Thai came within 200 meters, or 660 feet, of the
In Phuket on Sunday, officials praised emergency workers for responding quickly to the crash. Rescue teams had carried out a drill Sept. 6 involving a burning aircraft. Pornnapa Wongakanit contributed reporting from
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Dozens feared dead in Phuket plane crash
PHUKET: An airliner exploded and broke in two after it slid off the runway and crashed into nearby walls at Phuket airport on Sunday afternoon. Some reports put the death toll at about 60, but this has yet to be confirmed. The nationalities of those onboard is also unknown, but Phuket is a highly popular destination for overseas tourists.
Civil aviation official Chiasak Angkauwan said, "the airplane asked to land but due to the weather in Phuket -- strong wind and heavy rain -- maybe the pilot did not see the runway clearly." "The plane then fell onto the runway and broke into two. It is expected that there will be deaths." "We are rescuing people from the aircraft ... we know now there were 123 passengers and five crew," he told the news channel. "We won't know what really happened until we hear the black box." The airliner services Bangkok-Phuket flights six times a week. The ill-fated airline left Don Muang airport at about .
Information now coming in said the plane, which was being used by local budget travel company, One-to-Go Airline, had 123 passengers and five crew. The aircraft, flight number OG 269, landed at Phuket airport at about from
It crashed into trees and walls surrounding the airport. Eye-witnesses said the impact of the crash caused the plane to break in two and they heard a series of explosions. Rescue teams and navy personnel rushed to the scene.- The Nation/ANN