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Nok Air Boeing 737 Stuck in Mud Closes Trang Airport



The Boeing 737, operated by low cost Thai carrier Nok Air, veered onto soft ground on the edge of the runway at Trang airport as it set off for the Thai capital Bangkok with 142 passengers and 7 crew onboard late Tuesday.


TRANG –  Passengers have been left stranded at Trang Airport, following yesterday’s accident which saw Nok Air flight DD7411 skidding off runway before taking off to Bangkok .

Passengers on Nok Air flight DD7411, which failed to takeoff on Tuesday, were brought back to the terminal after the accident, before being transferred onto alternative flights from different airports

The accident was caused by wet runway as rains repeatedly hammered down the area on the day. He added all the 142 passengers were not harmed in the event, including Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Police, Police General Chatchawan Suksomjit.

According to Trang Airport officials, the pilots had already initiated taking off sequence the moment before the incident, but decided to call it off at the last minute, as they deemed the weather was too dangerous to take off. In order to gain more space for abandoning sequence, the pilots turned the plane to the eastern runway located near Trang-Palean road. The plane then skidded off the runway during its turning.

The officials have enlisted the help for towing service of the regional office of the Department of Civil Aviation in Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province. However, the plane could not be moved due to its sheer weight and the fact that it was situated on soft surface.

The airport has cancelled all of the 8 flights of Nok Air and Air Asia, stranding more than 300 passengers who have been forced to be transferred to the nearby Nakhon Si Thammarat and Hat Yai airports.

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