THE Thai Airways International jetliner that slipped off the runway and got stuck in the mud at Suvarnabhumi airport has been successfully pulled up after causing almost 200 flight delays, Thai News Agency reported this morning (Oct. 10, 2018).
Miss Dalad Asaves , deputy director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said at 10.48 p.m. on Monday nightt the control tower had informed her that the THAI airliner, on flight TG 679 from Guangzhou to Bangkok with 116 passengers and crew on board, had skidded off the western runway with its left wheels stuck in the mud, leading to 1 passenger suffering an sprained ankle.
This accident led to the western runway being temporarily shut, leaving only the eastern runway in operation.
Transport Minister Akhom Termpittayapaisith said all units cooperated to resolve the problem and managed to raise and move the airplane in 4 hours and finished the job at 2.30 p.m. The runway was cleared for use by 5 p.m. with the airport authorities checking the cause of accident.
Aeronautical Radio of Thailand said the accident led to almost 200 flight delays yesterday with planes trying to land having to circle the airport 3 times at 5 to 6 minutes a round, while planes taking off had to wait in a narrow space.
Top and below: The THAI aircraft being lifted out of a mud puddle. Photos: Thai News Agency