Bloggers in Thailand and the region are posting about the air crash at Phuket airport this afternoon. Phuket is a popular tourist destination in Thailand and many locals and foreigners visit the city for its beaches. Flight OG269, operated by a budget airline, was flying in from Bangkok with both Thai and foreign passengers. Latest reports put the death toll at 88.
Phuket resident The Lost Boy writes about the cause of the crash.
At about 3.45 pm, the pilot attempted to land the plane but got into difficulties due to strong winds. The plane began to loose control and the pilot tried to take off again.
Already out of control and travelling with insufficient speed to lift the plane off the ground, the aircraft skidded off the runway, crashed into walls and trees and broke in two.
The Lost Boy‘s post also describes the scene at Phuket airport
Bangkok Pundit is updating his blog as more information comes in.
Lilian offers condolences to the passenger's families and the people of Phuket.
My heart goes out to the passengers, the families. But also to the hospital staff, police, rescue workers etc have had their more than their share, of injuries and deaths to deal with all after all they went through after the tsunami…
The airline's web page has a list of phone numbers for those wanting to inquire about the air crash.
Please temporarily contact the following numbers (in addition to 1126) for any inqueires regarding the accident of OG/OX269 at Phuket
(the country code for Thailand is 66)