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Survivors are interviewed at Bangkok Hospital Phuket in 2007

Protest Delays One-Two-Go Crash Report

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
POLITICAL turmoil in Bangkok has delayed the release of the official findings on what caused the crash of a One-Two-Go holiday flight on Phuket last year.

Aviation Department Director-General Chaisak Angkasuwan told Phuketwan that the report was originally due for release next week, around the September 16 anniversary of the disaster.

Now, because of the disruption in Bangkok, the release of the full report is likely to be delayed until sometime after September 16, possibly even October.

Phuketwan has been told the same problem of delays on decisions or approvals exists for other government bodies, indicating that the bureaucratic process is slow or has been abandoned entirely until the Government's confrontation with protestors has been resolved.

Khun Chaisak has already revealed that the the report attributes the crash of Flight 269 from Bangkok to human error on the part of the pilot and co-pilot.

He said that the report had been finalised but was going through a process of double-checking.

Ninety passengers and crew died when the MD-82 crashed in a squall. Another 40 survived.

A local newspaper report says that a memorial service is being planned for Mai Khao beach on the anniversary but some survivors and officials at the Mai Khao sub-district office and the airport have yet to hear about it.

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A year is a long time to wait for the report to come out when you consider that the crash happened at an airport. It's not as though the authorities haven't had plenty of time to look at it thoroughly.

Posted by angelfire on September 11, 2008 04:45

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In October, the Director General will find a new reason to delay the report. The Thai government wants to make sure no one reads how incompetent and dangerous Thai-based airlines really are.
No official memorial for the deaths of OG269 on today, the first anniversary. Why? "[We]do not want to remind people of the tragedy for fear it would affect tourism."
In this one point, they are honest.

- Missing my brother
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Posted by Bonnie on September 17, 2008 04:03


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