A low-fare airline plane crashes in Thailand
A plane full of many tourists crashed during heavy rain Sunday while landing on the resort island of Phuket, reports The New York Times. At least 83 of the 130 passengers and crew aboard the McDonnell Douglas MD-82 of One-Two-GO low-fare airline are confirmed dead.
The reason for the crash is still unknown, but it is speculated that the weather was a factor. Witnesses report that the airplane seemed to touched down on the runway, but then slid off into a dirt embankment. The air craft broke into two pieces and started on fire, reports the Associated Press in the Star Tribune.
The majority of the passengers aboard, 79 of the total 123, were foreigners. Survivors of the crash were taken to area hospitals.
The airline, One-Two-GO, was established in 2000. It is one of many low-fare airlines in Southeast Asia which has made travel much more affordable. It is also one carrier whose overall safety has been questioned. Other incidents and procedures, such as a plane nearly hitting the Tokyo Tower in October 2004, have raised these questions.
The Star Tribune reports this accident is the country's deadliest aviation crash since Dec. 11, 1998.