Trang Airport reopens after three-day closure due to stuck plane

national August 09, 2013 00:00

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Trang Airport reopened Friday after a three-day closure caused by a Boeing 737 aircraft that became stuck in the mud near the runway.



Removing the aircraft took longer than expected because we didn't have the right equipment," Trang Airport director Thaworn Saengamphai told Thai TV PBS.

The airport, 600 kilometres south of Bangkok, was closed Tuesday evening after a Nok Air plane carrying 142 passengers and crews kidded off the runway during take-off in a heavy rainstorm. No one was injured in the incident.

The aircraft, whose wheels had sunk 70 centimetres into the mud, was removed Thursday night after Thai Airways International, the main shareholder in low-cost airline Nok Air, provided the airport with a crane and other equipment.

Trang is the closest airport to Lantao island and Satun province, which has several islands that are popular among tourists.