UDON THANI -A Nok Air flight from Chiang Mai yesterday skidded off the runway on landing in Udon Thani, reportedly because of a fault in its landing gear – the second incident for the airline in three months.Airport Officials have reported that the left wheel of the nose undercarriage of a Nok Air passenger plane fell off as it landed in Chiang Rai
All 26 passengers and crew on the plane escaped unhurt.
Udon Thani vice governor Narong Ponlaiard was at the scene. He was briefed by a Nok Air officer who attributed the accident to a landing gear fault.
He said on touching down, the pilot was unable to turn right on the taxiway.
The front wheel collapsed and the pilot decided to hit the earthen wall on the side. The plane stopped about 600 metres from the passenger terminal.
Flight DD8610 left Chiang Mai at 7.25am and landed in Udon Thani at 8.45am.
On August 7, the airline also reported an accident in Trang. Its Bangkok-bound flight slid off the runway at Trang airport while preparing for takeoff in heavy rain. All 142 passengers on Flight DD 7411, many of them foreign tourists, and crew escaped injury.
Earlier in May A wheel detached from a Nok Air flight as it touched down at Thailand’s Chiang Rai Airport today but the pilot managed to control the aircraft.
Investigations into the cause of the incident are underway today after the Boeing 737-800, carrying 162 passengers and crew, encountered a problem on landing.
The Nok Air flight DD 8714 left Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport at 8.05am and touched down at Chiang Rai at 9.15am.
Initial reports say the tyre detached from the wheel but the pilot managed to continue the landing and bring the aircraft to a halt on the tarmac.
An airline spokesperson said later that there was no danger and many passengers were unaware of the tyre breaking free. A loose bolt is being blamed.