A Bangkok Airways flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok was cancelled after pieces of a paper lantern were found stuck to an engine turbine fan, a senior official at Chiang Mai airport said yesterday.
Wisut Chanthana, director of the Chiang Mai International Airport, said the foreign objects were found during an inspection on Thursday night before the plane took off and the flight had to be cancelled for safety reasons. Passengers were transferred to other flights.
Wisut said that on New Year’s Day alone, more than 200 flying lanterns fell in the aviation area, far more than during Loy Krathong in November.
Releasing lit paper lanterns is popular in the North during celebrations and locals have been warned against doing this near airports.