Tourism News

Tourism News Phuketwan Tourism News
facebook recommendations


Sign up now for our News Alert emails and the latest breaking news plus new features.

Click to subscribe

Existing subscribers can unsubscribe here


A Thai Airways flight comes in to land at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport

Phuket Flight Lands Safely After Mid-Air Emergency

Monday, January 10, 2011
PHUKET International Airport went on full alert for a crash-landing when the hydraulics system failed temporarily on a Thai Airways Boeing 747 flying from Bangkok to Phuket yesterday.

Passengers on the fully-laden holiday flight told Phuketwan there were tears and great concern throughout the aircraft when the captain on TG217 told them to prepare for an emergency landing.

The 4pm flight from Bangkok, with about 70 percent expat passengers, was due on Phuket at 5.05pm. But crisis intervened, and the aircraft stayed in the air for an hour and 40 minutes.

One passenger told Phuketwan ''When the captain said we should prepare for an emergency, the first thing that went through my head was: 'I'm gonna die.'''

Another passenger said she was thinking similar thoughts during the emergency, with the aircraft shuddering on at least one occasion.

''The captain kept people informed, which was great,'' she said. ''The crew all went around, reassuring people individually about what they needed to do.

''We had another drill, demonstrating oxygen masks and the crouch position. Everybody was listening.''

At one stage, the captain said the aircraft was returning to Suvarnabhumi. It is believed the 747 has four backup systems for hydraulics.

It is not known whether the alert reached the point where the aircraft dumped fuel over the Andaman Sea in preparation for an emergency landing.

Officials from Phuket International Airport met this morning in a debriefing after the emergency. No officials at Thai Airways were available for comment.

Passengers interviewed by Phuketwan today said that the whole plane applauded when TG217 eventually landed smoothly and safely at Phuket airport.

The airport was in readiness for an emergency, with firetrucks and ambulances waiting on the tarmac.

It is believed several passengers, extremely relieved, congratulated the captain personally after the landing.

Some VIPs were on board, including senior police and local government officials.

''I still love Thai Airways because they told us everything we needed to know on the flight,'' one passenger said.
Phuket Police Ordered to Arrest Beach Thugs
Latest Instead of being intimidated, the family of a woman fruit vendor who was beaten by thugs at a Phuket beach have gone to authorities and won support for justice in their case.
Phuket Police Ordered to Arrest Beach Thugs

How to Turn Graft Phuket into Green Phuket
Latest The Chief Executive of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation is an elected official. Paiboon Upatising sees his role as trying to reduce corruption and improve transparency.
How to Turn Graft Phuket into Green Phuket

Phuket Resort Occupancy Rate Boosted in 2011
Latest Concern about a dim December has been overtaken by a positive outlook, reflected in strong occupancy rates for Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi, says an industry leader.
Phuket Resort Occupancy Rate Boosted in 2011

Phuket Adds Beach Boxing for 2014 Games
Latest Planning is underway for the 2014 Asia Beach Games on Phuket with Olympic officials gathering to discuss the sports and to inspect the venues at Patong, Kata and Karon beaches.
Phuket Adds Beach Boxing for 2014 Games

Waste Apocalypse Closes on Phuket Doorsteps
Photo Album Sometimes one person takes a stand, and the attitude of a whole population changes. Perhaps Khun Nid is that person, and Phuket can be saved from plastic bags and waste.
Waste Apocalypse Closes on Phuket Doorsteps


Comments have been disabled for this article.


Great news that all went fortunate in the end, but still what about cascading failure if there are entire 4 backups for hydraulics?

Posted by TT on January 10, 2011 20:07


It was only in the air about 30 minutes than is usual. Reassuring comments about the Thai Airways staff and the airport emergency services, well done to them all.

Posted by Phuket Kop on January 10, 2011 21:22

Friday February 28, 2020
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa


Facebook Twitter