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One-Two-GO Airlines Plane Crashes On Phuket, Thailand (Flight OG 269) – Update

Additional information to our previous article:

Passenger plane crash-lands at Thai tourist resort; 88 dead - photo By AUDRA ANG - Associated Press Writer © AP (www.live-pr.com)

Approximately 6 hours ago, at 15:35 local time on Sunday afternoon, a One-Two-GO Airlines plane had crashed on Phuket, Thailand, while attempting to land in rainy and stormy weather with 130 people on board (7 crew (earlier reports claimed 5 crew) + 123 passengers (including 78 foreigners)). According to the first reports, the visibility at Phuket International Airport was very poor while the plane approached the runway, and the crew had decided to make a go-around, but the plane lost balance and crashed on to the runway. (Some reports are suggesting that it landed, and then skidded off the runway.) It struck trees, broke in two, hit a wall, caught fire and burned, before proper rescue operations could begin.

Reports have been talking about 66, 74 and some already about 88 fatalities. There are at least 40 survivors, including 11 Thais, six Irish nationals, six Britons, three Australians, three Iranians, two Swedes, one German and a Dutch national. They have been taken to local hospitals, and five of them are said to be in critical conditions. According to a report by Bangkok Post: “Nearly half the passengers were foreign tourists,” said one survivor, Nong Khaonuan. In a TV interview, he said. “I’ve flown on many airplanes before and I can say there was something strange about our landing. We seemed to drop down too fast.” Other survivors said they escaped from emergency exits as the plane caught fire.

The plane took off from Bangkok Don Muang International Airport at 2:30 pm local time, and met with strong winds and heavy rain at the international airport of the Thai Resort island, Phuket.

The McDonnell-Douglas MD-82 has been in wide usage with One-Two-Go Airlines, the low-cost subsidiary of Orient Thai Airways, as they owned 7 of those. These aircraft were mostly flown around Thailand, including six each week from Bangkok to Phuket and return. Many budget airlines in Southeast-Asia use older planes that have been leased or purchased after years of use by other airlines. According to Thai and U.S. aviation registration data, the plane that crashed in Phuket was manufactured and first put into service in 1983, and began flying in Thailand in March this year.

by balint01

Jet Crashes in Phuket, Thailand Killing 87

A passenger plane filled with foreign tourists crashed Sunday as it tried to land in pouring rain on the island of Phuket, splitting in two and bursting into flames, officials said. At least 87 people were killed.

The budget One-Two-Go Airlines domestic flight OG269 was carrying 123 passengers and seven crew members from the capital, Bangkok to Phuket — popular among tourists for its pristine beaches and one of the areas hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami. The McDonell Douglas MD-82 (quite an old plane) tore into 2 as it hit the ground, bursting out in flames.

One-Two-Go airlines MD-82

So far 87 people were reported dead. Jikarat Wongtawan, a staffer of Bangkok Phuket Hospital, said that 24 of the 32 passengers hospitalized there were foreigners and included Britons, Germans, Iranians, Israelis and at least one Australian, Irish and Canadian passenger. The remaining injured foreigners were at Phuket International Hospital.
One of the survivors gave an interview to TITV, saying:
“You could tell when it was landing it was in trouble,” he said. “It was making a noise, this bang.”

On the other hand a local official said the pilot missed the landing:
“The visibility was poor as the pilot attempted to land. He decided to make a go-around but the plane lost balance and crashed”

One-Two-Go is one of several budget airlines started up in the past few years after Thailand’s airline sector was liberalized. It started operations in December 2003, and is the domestic subsidiary of Orient-Thai Airlines, a low-cost regional carrier based in Thailand.

When I looked for some resources, I found a forum, where a person wrote the following:
“I am a pilot and worked for OX in 2006. I was a B-757 captain. I warned the company and various authorities about the unsafe practices of this company. Nobody acted, this is the result and it was foreseable. “

So for me at first sight it seems, there must have been technical problems with the aircraft, it was not just the pilot’s fault. Airline World will keep you updated, so please bookmark our blog and check back later!

The airline’s website is hardly reachable at the moment, but if you need the emergency numbers, you can check them, just be patient. The website can be found here.

By Szafi

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