Phucket Plane Crash
A plane crashed in Thailand Sunday on the resort island of Phuket, killing 88 people, 78 of whom were foreigners on vacation. Reuters reported that the plane, a MD-82 operated by a low cost operator out of Bangkok called One-Two-Go, was trying to land during torrential rain and turbulence when it hit the runway, broke in two, burst in flames, and skidded off the pavement. The tail section ended up on the runway verge, and the nose was buried in trees. Reuters included a quote from Udom Tantiprasongchai, chairman of One-Two-Go parent company Orient Thai Airlines: â€śTomorrow the police will set up an investigating committee to find out what actually caused the accident. What we need to do right now is take care of the injured,â€? Udom said.
MSNBC had a similar report. They reported the flight, number OG269, crashed as it tried to land in pouring rain, splitting in two and bursting into flames. They included a quote from Chaisak Angsuwan, director general of the Air Transport Authority of Thailand: â€śThe visibility was poor as the pilot attempted to land. He decided to make a go-around but the plane lost balance and crashed. It was torn into two partsâ€?
The Reuters report has a few survivor accounts and includes some information about the island and upcoming investigation. The MSNBC report has more survivor accounts and seems to be more focused on the emotional side and aftermath of it. Overall they are very similar.