Suspected plane debris washes ashore
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A large piece of what looks to be aircraft debris has washed up on a beach in Pak Phanang district.
The suspected wreckage was discovered on a beach in tambon Laem Talumphuk by tambon administrative organisation (TAO) workers.
Prayut Thanawatthana, the tambon's kamnan, said the piece, which is thought to be made of aluminium and measures 1.2 metres wide and 3 metres long, was taken to his house pending an inspection by experts.
No lettering or serial numbers were found on the surface which shows four yellow stars set against a white and red background.
The piece had collected barnacles suggesting it had been floating in the sea for a long time; it also had tear marks on some of the edges.
Mr Prayut said the TAO has alerted local police and experts to examine the item telling them it appears to belong to an aircraft.
Debris from aircraft was twice previously found on beaches in Pak Phanang district -- in tambon Bang Phra in 2015 and in tambon Tha Phaya earlier this year.