Thai Airways try to “cover-up” incident at Suvarnabhumi Airport

Thai Airways try to “cover-up” incident at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Late last night, an Airbus A330-300 belonging to Thai Airways skidded off the runway at Suvarnabhumi Airport. This is the statement from Dr Sorajak Kasemsuvan, the THAI president:

After touchdown at Suvarnabhumi Airport, the landing gear malfunctioned and caused the aircraft to skid off the runway. Sparks were noticed from the vicinity of the right landing gear near the engine. The captain took control of the aircraft until it came to a complete stop and passengers were evacuated from the aircraft emergency exits. The aircraft carried 288 passengers and 14 cabin crew. Initially, 13 passengers received minor injuries while evacuating the aircraft.

This incident happened at about 11:20pm on Sunday night. Obviously too late for today’s papers. But it was on all the morning news shows on every channel. What was interesting is that someone at Thai Airways decided to cover up the fact that it was one of their airplanes. As you can see by this picture snapped by a Bangkok Post photographer last night, one of the first decisions THAI made was to have the logo on the tail fin covered up. Seriously? Do they think we are stupid?

So, just in case you missed it, an Airbus A330-300 belonging to Thai Airways skidded off the runway at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

What do you think about this? Will this attempt at a cover-up turn into a PR-disaster for THAI? Should they have left it?

26 thoughts on “Thai Airways try to “cover-up” incident at Suvarnabhumi Airport

  1. A friend of mine had a towing service in the US and worked for United Parcel Service. When one of their trucks was in an accident, the first priority was to cover the UPS logo with brown wrapping paper and masking tape. Same same but different.

  2. Actually on their facebook-page Thai Airways is acknowledging the accident. And what Thai Airways is doing seems to be “international practice” … Alitalia and China Airways did the same.

  3. As in all of Asia the Thai people are afraid to “loose face” and so it will continue these cover ups etc. Perhaps the Chinese started this way of life followed by Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea and of course Myanmar maybe the most secretive society ever! This Incident will cause the Thais to now loose face and everyone will just laugh at them, they would have been better coming clean and praising the Captain of the plane for his quick reactions etc.

    1. Star Alliance just tweeted to say this is not necessarily true:

      RT @staralliance: Regarding the painting over of logos on the aircraft of @ThaiAirways flight 679. This is not in line with @staralliance crisis guidelines. It would appear that the official quoted was misinformed.

  4. Alitalia did the same last February after an accident occurred at Fiumicino airport (Rome), so I guess this is standard procedure for all the companies when something like this happens.

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