Ghost stewardess: Seen at Suvarnabhumi air crash

Ghost stewardess: Seen at Suvarnabhumi air crash

Accidents at airport have persisted despite presence of seven spirit houses to ward off bad luck.

Since the air crash took place at night, the crash site was very dark.


'Spirits' leave mark on airport

Amornrat Mahitthirook

Amid the search for technical explanations for the Thai Airways International (THAI) landing mishap at Suvarnabhumi airport, public curiosity has been stoked by a passenger's account suggesting divine intervention aided the emergency operation.

A passenger claimed to the host of a radio programme to have spotted a woman thought to be a cabin crew member in a traditional outfit helping evacuate people from the A330-300 aircraft, which veered off the runway on Sunday night after arriving from China.

A traditional outfit is worn by female cabin crew during flight, but they typically switch to the airline's skirt and blouse uniform before landing. A THAI source said the passenger's story has bewildered airline executives and crew, particularly those on board Flight 679.

The crew insisted none among them were wearing the traditional outfit when the accident took place. The source said the passenger may have seen a guardian angel who "stepped in" to help.

An Airports of Thailand (AoT) source said some airport fire brigade and emergency response personnel claimed to have seen a woman in traditional dress shuffling into and out of their office, causing crackling in their radio transmissions.

The AoT source said Suvarnabhumi has seven spirit houses at the airport to ward off ill fortune.

The first one is Sarn Thepparak, erected before the airport was inaugurated in 2006.

AoT former president Chotesak Artpawiriya said technical glitches and accidents at the airport persisted despite the presence of the spirit house. He later ordered six more to be constructed.

He recalled an incident in which a bomb disposal expert at the airport exhibited signs of being possessed by a deity. The man said he was a wandering spirit called Phor Kae Ming who needed a home.

The last spirit house was constructed to be a dwelling place for the wandering spirit

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  • account: a spoken or written report about something that has happened - รายงานข่าว
  • aid: to help - ช่วย
  • amid: during the time when something else is happening - ท่ามกลาง
  • bewildered: confused and not certain what to do - งุนงงอย่างที่สุด
  • blouse: a shirt for a woman or girl - เสื้อครึ่งตัวของสตรี
  • bomb disposal: getting rid of bombs or making bombs harmless - การเก็บกู้ระเบิด
  • brigade: a large group of soldiers, larger than a battalion - กองพลน้อย
  • cabin crew: the people whose job is to take care of passengers on a plan - พนักงานภายในเครื่องบิน, ลูกเรือ
  • claim (noun): saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
  • construct: to build or make something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - สร้าง
  • crash (noun): collision, accident - การชน
  • crew: the people who work on a ship, aircraft, etc. - ลูกเรือ
  • curiosity: a strong desire to know about something - ความอยากรู้
  • deity: a god -
  • disposal: getting rid of something or, in this case, making an explosive safe   - การกำจัด
  • divine: connected with a god, or like a god - เกี่ยวกับพระเจ้า, เกี่ยวกับวิญญาณ
  • dweller: a person or an animal that lives in the particular place that is mentioned - ผู้อยู่อาศัย, ผู้อาศัย
  • emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน
  • erect: to put the parts of something together so that it stands upright - ตั้งขึ้น
  • evacuate: to cause to leave a place because it is not safe - เคลื่อนย้ายออกจาก
  • executive: a senior manager in a business or other organisation - ผู้บริหาร
  • exhibit (verb): to show -
  • expert: someone who has a particular skill or who knows a lot about a particular subject - ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ
  • explanation (noun): a description of how something happened or happens; giving the reasons why it happened - การอธิบาย, การชี้แจง, การขยายความ, คำอธิบาย
  • female: being a woman or a girl - สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ
  • glitches: small problems or faults that prevents something from being successful or working as well as it should - ความบกพร่องเล็กน้อย
  • guardian angel: someone who looks after someone else when they need help - เทพที่คุ้มครองเมื่อยามตกอยู่ในอันตราย
  • host: a person who introduces guests and performers, especially on television or radio - พิธีกร, ผู้จัดรายการ
  • ill fortune (noun): bad luck, misfortune - ความโชคร้าย
  • inaugurate: to put something into use or action officially - เริ่มเป็นทางการ
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • insist: to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
  • intervention: a situation in which someone becomes involved in a particular issue, problem, etc., in order to influence what happens - การแทรกแซง
  • land: to cause an aircraft or a bird to come down to the ground - บินลง, นำลงจอด
  • mark: a small area on a surface of something - รอย
  • member: a person, a country or an organization that has joined a particular group, club or team - สมาชิก
  • mishap: an accident or mistake - อุบัติเหตุ, เหตุร้าย
  • on board: on a ship, aircraft or vehicle - บนหรือใน (เรือ, รถ, เครื่องบินหรือพาหนะอื่น)
  • operation: a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers - การปฏิบัติการ
  • order (verb): to use your position of authority to tell somebody to do something or say that something must happen - สั่ง
  • outfit (noun): a set of clothes that are worn together - เครื่องแต่งกาย
  • particularly: especially, or more than usual - โดยเฉพาะ
  • 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
  • persist: to continue - ยืดเยื้อต่อไป
  • personnel: the people who are employed in a company, organization or one of the armed forces - บุคลากร, เจ้าหน้าที่, พนักงาน
  • possessed: controlled by an evil spirit - ผีเข้า, ถูกครอบงำ
  • presence: the fact of being in a particular place, thing or situation - การเข้าร่วม, การมีอยู่
  • public: provided, especially by the government, for the use of people in general - ที่เกี่ยวข้องกับส่วนรวม, ที่เป็นของสาธารณะ
  • recall: to remember - จำได้ นึกทบทวน
  • response: a reaction to something that has happened or been said - การตอบสนอง
  • runway (noun): a long narrow strip of ground with a hard surface that an aircraft takes off from and lands on - ทางขึ้นลงของเครื่องบิน
  • sign: a piece of evidence that something is happening or that something exists - ร่องรอย
  • sign: an event, an action, a fact, etc. that shows that something exists, is happening or may happen in the future - สัญญาณ
  • site: a place where something happened - ที่เกิดเหตุ
  • source: a place where information comes from; someone who gives information - แหล่ง
  • spirit (noun): the soul thought of as separate from the body and believed to live on after death; a ghost - วิญญาณ
  • spirit house (noun): the small house typically seen in front of Thai homes and businesses - ศาลพระภูมิ
  • spot: to see or notice - สังเกตเห็น
  • step in (verb): intervene in a situation; mediate - เป็นผู้ไกล่เกลี่ย, เป็นสื่อกลาง, ไกล่เกลี่ย
  • stoke (verb): make stronger, increase - stoke the fire
  • switch: to change - เปลี่ยน
  • technical: connected with the skills needed for a particular job, sport, art, etc; connected with practical methods for doing something - ในทางเทคนิค
  • took place (verb): happened (in the past) -
  • traditional: things (buildings, clothes, music, customs, etc.) that have been part of a country or society for a long time - แบบดั้งเดิม, เป็นประเพณี
  • typically: usually; normally - อย่างเป็นแบบฉบับ
  • uniform: the special set of clothes worn by all members of an organisation or a group at work, or by children at school - เครื่องแบบ
  • veer (verb): to suddenly move in a different direction - เบน, แฉลบ เสียทิศทาง
  • wander: roam; to travel from place to place without a particular direction or purpose - เดินทางไปโดยไม่มีจุดหมายที่แน่นอน, ร่อนเร่
  • ward off: to prevent something unpleasant from harming or coming close to you - ขจัด, ป้องกัน
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