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Old 8th Sep 2013, 18:55
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Thai A330 accident at BKK

According to Flightradar24, a Thai A330, inbound from CAN as TG 679, has overrun on landing at BKK.

Initial photos show that the nosegear appears to have collapsed; reversers still deployed; slides also deployed; there appears to be a fire on the right side of the aircraft.


We've just received reports that Thai Airways flight 679 from Guangzhou, China to ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ | Suvarnabhumi Airport BKK in Bangkok, Thailand has crash landed.

The plane, an Airbus A330, is seen on the picture with the emegergency slides deployed. However, it's unknown what caused the crash landing. It's also unknown if there have been any injuries or fatalities

The link below shows the final moments before the crash landing:

Flightradar24.com - Live flight tracker!


Aircraft was HS-TEF, one of the oldest of the airlines A330-300s, in service since March 1995:
Photo: HS-TEF (CN: 066) Thai Airways International Airbus A330-321 by John Fitzpatrick - JetPhotos.Net
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I've just came across a few more pictures.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
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Old 8th Sep 2013, 19:08
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Doesn't look too bad, thankfully, quite a significant overrun, but damage doesn't seem too bad.

BKK Airport is now open again, departures from 19R, so this presumably happened on 19L.
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Old 8th Sep 2013, 20:22
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There appears to be zilch about this in the Bangkok Post,indicating no casualties.

Swampy were enacting flow control on inbounds prior to 18.00Z.

I guess the European departure wave around midnight local were badly affected.
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It seems that the Flaps where not fully down and the right hand engine took a big hit...
looks like the aircraft is resting on it.....
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Avherald is quoting a runway excursion, not overrun.

Hopefully some better pictures will be published showing the exact location of the aircraft.
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As far as I've heard.
A very normal landing, when nose gear was firmly on the ground then nose gear vibrated heavily.
Nose wheel(s) falled-off, the nose strut scratch along the rwy for around 400 meters.
Acft veered off the rwy and stopped as shown in the pictures.

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I wonder why the Reuters photographs that are being used by the BBC et al have the tail insignia and name photoshopped out?
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Get your PR.PR.PR.Priorities right...

"After the accident, workers on a crane blacked out the Thai Airways logo on the tail and body of the aircraft"... Associated Press
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Wow.

There was I thinking "really poor photoshop".
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Took these a few hours ago. Being told that plan is to remove by 1700 hrs tomorrow. Damage is mainly NG and Rt Main Gear but deep into the soil.

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Position?

@ZFT - does your photo op position along the boundary fence confirm this was an excursion?
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"After the accident, workers on a crane blacked out the Thai Airways logo on the tail and body of the aircraft"
Used to be in the emergency manuals back in the 1960s/70s, but THESE days...?!
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Got to worry about an airline that has such a priority of painting out a livery at their home airport base.
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The Russians and the Chinese used to block out the registration after an 'incident' until recently. We reckoned that all airfields kept a paint roller on a very long handle in the shed with the fire trucks.
I seem to recall that the CAAC Trident that plopped into the harbour at Kai Tak in the early 90s had the reg painted out in a very short time, before being covered with a big tarp. My memory though...
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Got to worry about an airline that has such a priority of painting out a livery at their home airport base.
Particularly when the carrier is instantly recognisable from the colour scheme.

The Italians know how to do it properly:

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And why not? With all the loonies, nutcases, itwits, uneducated Internet trolls and journos now plying the earth who are not interested in the accident cause rather than blood, guts and sensationalism, why wouldn't you try to protect your company name, especially if there is a possibility the prang wasn't your fault?
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Because by trying to remove evidence, you will instigate the so-called "Streisand effect", see this wikipedia entry:

Streisand effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Is it really Star Alliance policy to "blur the logo" ?!?

"BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai Airways plane carrying more than 280 people skidded off the runway while landing at Bangkok's main airport, injuring 14 passengers, the airline said Monday.

After the accident, workers on a crane blacked out the Thai Airways logo on the tail and body of the aircraft, as part of an effort to protect its image according to Star Alliance guidelines, an official said. It was the second mishap in less than two weeks for Thailand's national carrier.

The Airbus A330-300 that departed from Guangzhou, China, had a "glitch" in its wheel base while landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport late Sunday, the airline said. Photos taken after the incident showed deep furrows from skid marks in a grassy area off the runway leading to the stalled aircraft, resting with its nose down and emergency slides inflated.

"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," Thai Airways President Sorajak Kasemsuvan said in a statement Monday.

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

Most of the injuries occurred as passengers evacuated the aircraft, the statement said.

The aircraft was carrying 288 passengers and 14 crew members. The airline said on its Twitter account that the 14 injured passengers were sent to hospitals.

Officials said the runway at Suvarnabhumi Airport will be temporarily closed.

Thai Airways official Smud Poom-On said that "blurring the logo" after an accident was a recommendation from Star Alliance known as the "crisis communication rule," meant to protect the image of both the airline and other members of Star Alliance.

The incident occurred less than two weeks after 20 passengers were injured when a Thai Airways Airbus A380 hit severe turbulence as it was descending to Hong Kong's airport. "
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A Thai Airways official, Smud Poom-on, said that blurring the logo after an accident was a recommendation from Star Alliance known as the "crisis communication rule", meant to protect the image of both the airline and other members of Star Alliance.
Well it has not worked as most newspapers are now using this event as part of the story and Thai Airways features in all the headlines.

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