Late Sunday night, local time in Bangkok, Thailand, a Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 landed and experienced a failure of its front landing gear. Flight 679 departed from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) in China and landed at the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) at about 11:00pm. The aircraft was carrying 278 passengers and 14 crew members. The airline is reporting that eight passengers were ’œslightly injured.’ We reached to Airbus and they explained that they currently do not have a statement, but are monitoring the situation. The Airbus A330-300 involved in the incident is registered HS-TEF and was delivered to Thai Airways in March of 1995.
THAI AIRWAYS A330 UPDATES
(all in pacific time)
- 1:22p: According to the official Twitter account of Thai Airways (@thaiairways), the A333 crashed while landing, with 14 people taken to area hospitals. It appears the plane slid off the runway after landing.
- 1:30p: Thai Airways has issued the following statement via Twitter: ’œTG679 Guangzhou-Bangkok experienced incident while landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport. 14 passengers were slightly injured and sent to hospital.’
- 1:55p: Statement from Thai Airways on their Facebook:
’œThai Airways International Flight TG 679, Guangzhou ’“ Bangkok operated with Airbus 330-300 aircraft departing Guangzhou at 16:03 hrs. (local time) scheduled to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 23:00 hrs. (local time) experienced incident while landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport. As the aircraft was landing and the landing gear touched the runway, the nose gear has failed. As a result, the plane skidded off the runway. The captain took control of the aircraft until it stops and the passengers were evacuated using slides. The aircraft was carrying 287 passengers and 14 crew members. 8 passengers were slightly injured. Injured passengers were taken care and sent to hospital for medical treatments.”
- Sept 9th: Photos show that the Thai Airways’ logos have been painted over. This is common for airlines to hide brand-identifying parts of their livery after an incident like this. Even with the covering of the logos, the Thai Airways’ livery is quite unique and likely most passengers know it is their aircraft. Early in the morning Airbus Tweeted, “We are aware of an A330 incident with @ThaiAirways in Bangkok and stand ready to fully support investigations.” Thai Airways President, Sorajak Kasemsuvan, said the following in a statement:
“After touchdown at Suvarnabhumi Airport, the landing gear malfunctioned and caused the aircraft to skid off the runway. Sparks were noticed from the vicinity of the right landing gear near the engine; the matter is under investigation.”
PHOTOS OF THAI AIRWAYS FLIGHT 679
- Side shot of the Airbus A330 with evacuation slide deployed via Twitter
- Multiple photos of the Thai Airways A330 and people evacuating via Twitter
- Larger photo of the A330 with nose on the ground via Twitter
- Photo of the logos being painted over via The Australian
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