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Thai Airways Skid Sends Landing Jetliner Off Runway in Bangkok

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Monday, 09 Sep 2013 12:41 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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A "glitch" in the landing was blamed for a Thai Airways commercial jet skidding off a Bangkok runway while landing Monday, injuring 14 passengers.

More than 280 were on board the Airbus A330-300 when it landed at Bangkok's main airport after departing from Guangzhou, China, according to The Associated Press. It was the second accident involving a Thailand national carrier in two weeks.

"After touchdown at Suvarnabhumi Airport, the landing gear malfunctioned and caused the aircraft to skid off the runway," Thai Airways president Sorajak Kasemsuvan said in a statement Monday. "Sparks were noticed from the vicinity of the right landing gear near the engine; the matter is under investigation."

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"The captain took control of the aircraft until it came to a complete stop and passengers were evacuated from the aircraft emergency exits," said Kasemsuvan.

Agence France-Presse reported that 14 passengers were taken to the hospital, but "most of them received treatment and were discharged."

Suvarnabhumi opened seven years ago and has become one of the busiest airports in Asia, according to Reuters. Built to handle 45 million passengers a year, Suvarnabhumi Airport has surpassed that total and now takes on 53 million passengers annually.

The airport is expanding a new passenger terminal, adding another runway and more parking bays to enable it to handing 60 million fliers by 2017, according to the Airports of Thailand Public Company Ltd.

The carrier could take as long as 24 hours to remove the aircraft, which could cause flight delays.

AFP reported that the incident comes just over a week after dozens of passengers and crew were injured when a Thai Airways A380 superjumbo hit severe turbulence during a flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong.

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Bangkok is now the most visited city in the world by international tourists, according to the third annual Global Destination Cities Index, reported Time magazine. Bangkok beat London, last year’s No. 1 tourist destination, by less than one percent.

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