Bag with fertiliser sample for exhibition at Cambodia catches fire at Suvarnabhumi airport before it is loaded on plane.
Bag catches fire at airport
A suitcase checked in by a Thai passenger leaving for Cambodia caught fire this morning on the conveyor belt while being loaded on Bangkok Airways Flight PG 931 from Suvarnabhumi airport to Cambodia, caretaker Transport Minister Chadchat Suttipunt said on Tuesday.
Mr Chadchat said according to the report he received, some goods with a phosphorus content, intended for an exhibition in Cambodia, were in the suitcase. It was believed a chemical reaction caused by heat or friction started the fire.
"It was fortunate this happened while the suitcase was not yet loaded on the plane. It would have been very dangerous if the fire broke out while the plane was flying," Mr Chadchat said.
Mr Chadchat said he had ordered an investigation, but did not believe it was an act of terrorism.
It was later reported that the suitcase belonged to Pongkan Kositthammanat, the owner of Pongkan Alliance Co, a supplement food dealer.
Mr Pongkan said he was leaving for Cambodia on Bangkok Airways Flight PG 931. He checked in at the airline's counter at 6.15am and boarded the plane at 8.35am.
The Suvarnabhumi airport has filed a police complaint against Mr Pongkan.
A later report said the airlines' staff quickly put out the fire with an extinguisher. The fire was attributed to a sample of a phosphate fertiliser in the bag.
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act: to do something for a particular purpose or in order to deal with a situation - ปฏิบัติ
attribute to: to believe that something is the result of a particular situation, event, or person’s actions - ถือว่าเป็นของ
board: to get onto a ship, aircraft, train, or bus - ขึ้น(เรือ รถเมล์ รถไฟ เครื่องบิน)
break out: (of something bad) to start - เริ่มต้นทันที
caretaker: in charge for a short time, until a new leader or government is chosen - รักษาการ
chemical reaction: a process in which a chemical change happens - ปฏิกิริยาเคมี
complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การบ่น, ข้อที่ไม่พอใจ
contents: what is inside something - จำนวนของสิ่งที่บรรจุอยู่
conveyor belt: a long moving belt in a factory that sends goods along to workers (on the "assembly line") as they are being made and assembled - สายพานนำส่ง, ยานพาหนะที่มีตีนตะขาบ
counter: a long flat surface over which goods are sold or business is done in a shop/store, bank, etc - เคาน์เตอร์, โต๊ะขนาดยาว
dealer: a person or company that buys and sells a particular product - ผู้จำหน่าย
exhibition: a public show where art or other interesting things are put so that people can go and look at them - นิทรรศการ งานแสดง
fertiliser: a natural or chemical substance which is spread on the land or given to plants, to make plants grow well - ปุ๋ย
file a complaint: to make an official statement that someone has done something wrong - ยื่นคำร้อง
fire extinguisher: a device which contains water or a special gas, powder or foam (= a mass of small bubbles) that is put onto a fire to stop it burning - เครื่องดับเพลิง
flight: a trip on airplanes - การเดินทางด้วยเครื่องบิน
fortunate: lucky - โชคดี, เคราะห์ดี
friction: the action of one object or surface moving against another; the resistance (= the force that stops something moving) of one surface to another surface or substance moving over or through it - การเสียดสี, การขัดสีกันระหว่างวัตถุ
intended: planned; wanted to happen - ที่ได้วางแผนไว้ ที่ตั้งใจให้เกิดขึ้น
investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened - การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
load: to put a lot of things into a vehicle or machine; to put bullets into a gun or ammunition into a weapon - ใส่,บรรจุ
minister: a member of the cabinet, the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - รัฐมนตรี
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
phosphate: a chemical used to make fertilizer - ฟอสเฟต
phosphorus: a chemical used in fertilizer - ฟอสฟอรัส, แร่ฟอสฟอรัส
put out: to end a fire; to extinguish a fire - ดับ
sample: a version of the product given to customers to try out and see if they like it - ตัวอย่าง
staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน
suitcase: a case with flat sides and a handle, used for carrying clothes, etc. when you are travelling - กระเป๋าเดินทาง
supplement: a pill or special food that you take or eat when your food does not contain everything that you need - อาหารเสริม
terrorism: the use of violence to achieve political aims - การใช้ความรุนแรงเพื่อข้อเรียกร้องทางการเมือง
transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง
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