THAI flight lands with flat tyres

18 Mar 2013

A Thai Airways flight from Kolkata was forced into making an emergency landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport early on Saturday morning. The landing went through without any problems and not one of the 291 passengers and crew on board the Airbus 330-300 was injured.

THAI president Sorajak Kasemsuvan told reporters that the emergency procedure had become necessary as the aeroplane’s crew had found that one of its tyres was under-inflated just after take-off. He added that media reports circulated just after the incident saying that one of the tyres had burst during touchdown were false.     

Mr Kasemsuvan continued by saying that crew found one of the front tyres was soft after the THAI flight had left Kolkata at around 03.00 on Saturday. He further explained that in accordance with standard safety procedures the captain told air-traffic controllers at Suvarnabhumi, the flight’s destination, that he needed to make an emergency landing.

The flight touched down at about 06:00 and the airport’s ground staff immediately rushed over to inspect the tyres. The ground crew discovered that both of the two main front tyres on the landing gear were not inflated to their correct pressures.  

The maintenance workers changed the two tyres and the aircraft was then towed to the passenger terminal. Passengers were finally able to disembark at 08:15.

Mr Kasemsuvan said a full inspection of the aircraft, and its tyres, took place before the flight departed from Kolkata. He finished by saying his engineers now intended to carry out a comprehensive investigation to find out what had gone wrong.

Our 1Stop Bangkok transport guide has more information about the city’s two international airports.

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