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Thai Airways Boeing 747 Skids off Runway During Heavy Rain

Oct. 09, 2018
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Thai Airways Boeing 747 Skids off Runway During Heavy Rain
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A Thai Airways Boeing 747 skidded off the runway upon landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on Monday night.

Thai Airways Flight 679, which had traveled from Guangzhou, China (CAN) to Bangkok (BKK), landed in heavy rain at approximately 10:48pm local time. Upon touching down, the Boeing 747-400 skidded off the runway and in to a patch of grass.

Once the aircraft came to a stop, slides were deployed and passengers and crew were evacuated and transported to the airport's terminal. According to Pratana Patanasiri, Thai's vice president for aviation safety, passengers were served food and beverages while waiting in the terminal for their baggage.

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The aircraft was carrying 97 passengers and 18 crew, according to Patanasiri. No one was injured in the incident.

According to the Bangkok Post, Runway 19R was blocked, pending the removal of the aircraft. BKK's deputy director said that the runway would reopen later on Tuesday.

The aircraft involved in the incident, a Boeing 747-400 (registration HS-TGF) is 15 years old, according to PlaneSpotters.net. Having been delivered to Thai in October 2003, it was reconfigured in September 2013 and has remained with Thai ever since. The extent of the damage to the 744, if anything, is unknown at this time.