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At least 87 dead in plane crash in Thailand

The passenger jet crashed at Phuket International Airport on Sunday just as it was about to land, killing at least 87 of the 130 people on board. The survivors were being treated at a nearby hospital for a number of different injuries, according to Reuters.

According to FOX News, flight OG269, which took off from Bangkok, crashed as it was landing in very heavy rain.

Many of the survivors escaped the wreckage by climbing out of an emergency exit onto the wing, according to CNN.
"I saw passengers engulfed in fire as I stepped over them on way out of the plane, I was afraid that the airplane was going to explode so I ran away,? survivor Parinwit Chusaeng told the Nation television channel, according to FOX News.

The official cause of the crash is not known at this time, and Reuters reports that the pilot was experienced. It is not known if the pilots were among the survivors.