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?