Flight TG679 skids off runway
All 298 persons on board Thai Airways International's flight TG679 are safe despite the accident during the landing.
Departing Guangzhou, China, the flight landed safely at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 11.20pm on Sunday.
In a statement released on September 9, Sorajak Kasemsuvan, THAI President, said that the flight operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft departed from Guangzhou to Bangkok at 9.25pm (local time) and arrived in Bangkok at 11.20pm. 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. The captain took control of the aircraft until it came to a complete stop and passengers were evacuated from the aircraft emergency exits.
The operation was conducted by the captain and cabin crew strictly according to emergency procedures.
The aircraft carried 288 passengers and 14 cabin crew. Initially, 13 passengers received minor injuries while evacuating the aircraft. THAI staff provided assistance to passengers and transfer those injured to hospital. THAI will conduct an investigation as to the cause of the incident.