After plane slid off runway, 14 injured, 35 flights delayed this morning, runway closed for 48 hours for repairs.
After the accident and evacuation of passengers by slide, the airline moved in maintenance crews who immediately began work to cover up the national flag and Thai Airways International logos on the aircraft. By daylight, the plane was supposedly anonymous. (Photos by Panumas Sanguanwong, Somchai Poomlard)
Flight delays at Suvarnabhumi airport
Amornrat Mahitthirook and Saritdet Marukatat
All outbound flights from Suvarnabhumi are being delayed for up to 30 minutes and incoming flights are about 15 minutes late because part of the eastern runway is closed for 48 hours following the crash landing by a Thai Airways International Airbus.
Airports of Thailand Plc board chairman Sita Divari said on Monday the delays were unavoidable as the eastern runway was only partially usable in the wake of the accident.
The runway is open only to small aircraft. All medium- and wide-bodied planes have been directed to use the western runway until work crews tow the crashed aircraft away and repair the damaged runway, he said.
About 35 flights were delayed this morning.
THAI flight TG679 crashed on landing and skidded off the eastern runway about 11.20pm on Sunday.
The aircraft slide damaged 300 metres of the runway surface and AoT decided to close that section for 48 hours for repair, Sqn Ldr Sita said. AoT has reserved Don Mueang in Bangkok and U-tapao airports in Rayong for emergency if the situation worsens, he added.
The damaged runway could reopen earlier if repair completes, the AoT chairman said.
All airlines using the Thai main airport have been informed about the closed runway and alerted about delays that might occur.
The accident injured 14 people, six of them being treated at Samitivej Hospital and the rest released, according to THAI.
THAI president Sorajak Kasemsuvan said all injured will be taken care of by the airline for six months.
The national carrier will pay $200 for luggage delays for business class passengers and $100 for economy class customers travelling on the flight, he added.
The airline has set up a panel to look into the cause of the accident, while an independent panel was formed by the Department of Civil Aviation to investigate the case.
Mr Sorajak said the captain and air crew did their best in helping the passengers, most of them Chinese tourists, after the accident and defended that the airport's decision to obscure its logo and names of the damaged aircraft was the normal procedure.
Former independent candidate for the Bangkok governor Kosit Suvinitjit was one of the 288 passengers on board the flight.
He told the FM100.5 station that the aircraft landed smoothly first and then it veered to the right with a loud noise. "I looked out of the window and saw two parts of the plane removed," said Mr Kosit, who sat in the business class section. "I saw smoke and then heard the captain ordering an emergency evacuation."
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alert: a warning to people to be prepared to deal with something dangerous - การเตือนให้ระวัง
anonymous: not named - ไม่ระบุชื่อ
board: a group of people who have the responsibility of managing important business or government activities - คณะกรรมการ
business class: more expensive seats for people traveling on business in a special area of an airplane -
candidate: a person who is trying to win an elected position - ผู้สมัคร
carrier: a company that carries goods or passengers from one place to another, especially by air - บริษัทขนส่ง (โดยเฉพาะสายการบิน)
chairman: the person in charge of a committee, a company, etc - ประธาน
complete: to finish something; to bring some project to an end after having done everything successfully - ทำเสร็จ, ทำให้สมบูรณ์
cover up: an action that is taken to hide a mistake or illegal activity from the public - การปกปิด, การปิดป้อง
crash: collision, accident - การชน
crew: a group of people who work together to do a job - กลุ่มคนที่ทำงานร่วมกัน
damage: to harm or spoil something/somebody - ทำความเสียหาย
decidedly: definitely and in an obvious way - อย่างไม่ต้องสงสัย, อย่างแจ่มแจ้ง
defend: to say things to support someone or something - ปกป้อง
delay: causing to happen at a later time; happening at a later time than expected - การเลื่อน, ช้ากว่าปกติ
direct: to control or organize how a person or group of people does something - ควบคุม, สั่งการ, กำกับ
economy class: the usual ordinary airplane ticket that most people buy ("business class" and "first class" tickets are more expensive) -
emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน
evacuation: moving people from a place of danger to a safer place - การอพยพ
former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน
governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
immediately: happening right after something else with no delay; right away - ทันที
in the wake of: happening after an event or as a result of it - เป็นผลมาจาก
independent: done or given by somebody who is not involved in a situation and so is able to judge it fairly - อิสระ, ไม่ขึ้นใคร
independent: not connected with or influenced by something (e.g., not being a member of a political party); not connected with each other - ซึ่งเป็นอิสระ, ไม่ขึ้นกับใคร
inform: to tell somebody about something, especially in an official way - แจ้งให้ทราบ
injure: to hurt or cause physical harm to a person or animal - ทำให้บาดเจ็บ, ทำร้าย
investigate: to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
land: to cause an aircraft to come down to the ground - บินลง, นำลงจอด
landing: when an aircraft comes down to the ground at the end of a flight - การนำเครื่องบินลงจอด
logo: a printed design or symbol that a company or an organization uses as its special sign - โลโก้, เครื่องหมาย
look into: investigate, find out the facts of something, find out what really happened; examine, inquire, probe - ตรวจสอบหาความจริง, ค้นหาความจริง
luggage: baggage; all the cases and bags that you take with you when you travel - กระเป๋าเดินทาง
maintenance: work that is done to keep something such as a building, machine, or piece of equipment repaired and in good condition - การซ่อมบำรุง
national: for the whole country - แห่งชาติ, ของชาติ
normal: typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ
obscure: to prevent something from being seen or heard - ปิดบัง
occur: to happen - เกิดขึ้น
on board: on a ship, aircraft or vehicle - บนหรือใน (เรือ, รถ, เครื่องบินหรือพาหนะอื่น)
order: to use your position of authority to tell somebody to do something or say that something must happen - สั่ง
outbound: travelling towards a particular point, particularly away from a city - ขาออก (opposite of inbound ขาเข้า)
panel: a group of people who make decisions or judgments - คณะกรรมการ
partially: in part, but not completely - บางส่วน
passenger: someone who travels in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
procedure: a way of doing something - ขั้นตอนการดำเนินการ
release: to let someone leave a place where they have been kept, such as a hospital or prison - ปล่อยตัว
repair: to fix something that is broken or damaged - ซ่อมบำรุง
reserve: kept for use for something or someone - ที่จัดสรรไว้ สำรอง
rest: the remaining amount, outside of what has been used - ส่วนเหลือ
runway: a long narrow strip of ground with a hard surface that an aircraft takes off from and lands on - ทางขึ้นลงของเครื่องบิน
situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
skid: (especially of a vehicle) to slide along a surface so that you have no control - ลื่น,เลื่อนไถล,เซ,ลื่นไหล
slide: a structure with a steep slope for sliding down - รางเลื่อน
slide (past form: slid): to move easily over a smooth or wet surface; to make something move in this way - ลื่น
smoothly: happening or continuing without any problems - โดยไม่มีปัญหา
supposedly: believed to be; thought to be - เป็นที่เชื่อว่า
surface: the outside or top layer of something - ผิวหน้า, ผิวภายนอก, ด้านนอก
tow: to pull a vehicle or boat by fixing it to the back of a another vehicle or boat - ลากจูง
treat: to provide medical care - รักษา
unavoidable: impossible to avoid or prevent - ซึ่งไม่สามารถหลีกเลี่ยงได้
veer: to suddenly move in a different direction - เบน, แฉลบ เสียทิศทาง
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