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87 Killed in Thai Plane Crash

According to USA Today, at least 87 people are dead and 43 injured after a plane, carrying many foreign tourists to one of Thailand's most popular resort islands, crashed while landing in torrential rains. “The deputy governor of Phuket island, Worapot Ratthaseema, said the dead included Irish, Israeli, Australian and British passengers. Officials said the McDonnell Douglas MD-82 plane was attempting to land in driving wind and rain but skidded off the runaway and broke into two parts. Survivors said they escaped from windows as fire and smoke consumed the plane. The budget One-Two-Go Airlines domestic flight OG269 was carrying 123 passengers and seven crew to Phuket from the Thai capital, Bangkok, said Monrudee Gettuphan, spokeswoman for Airports of Thailand. There were 78 foreigners on board, she said.? It was the worst crash in Thailand since 1998 when 101 died at Surat Thani, in similar conditions.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “a low-budget airline crashed and burst into flames while landing in heavy rain on Thailand's resort island of Phuket today, killing at least 87 people, including an unknown number of foreign tourists. The plane, carrying 130 passengers and crew, split in two, slid off the runway and caught fire as it crashed into trees around 3:30 p.m., according to local media reports. At least 29 people survived the crash, according to Thai officials. There were no immediate reports of American casualties. In 2004, a Boeing 747-200 operated by One-Two-Go's parent company, Thai-Orient, came within 656 feet of striking Tokyo Tower, a 1,093-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower that is a landmark in the Japanese capital. The flight, which was evenutally destined for Phuket, was on its final approach to Tokyo's Haneda when the near-accident occurred.? The chairman of the airline released a statement saying they “hope that the rainy season this year brings rain that washes away negativities and makes room for all the good things to come.?
These two articles are similar; however, the USA Today report was clearer. The LA Times reported that 87 of the 130 on board had died, yet only said “at least 29? had survived. It seems as if the USA Today reporters are a little better at math, stating 87 dead, and 43 injured twice in the story. Another section of the LA Times article stuck out when they stated “no immediate reports of American casualties,? which leads the reader to believe that the article is written by an American for an American audience. Also, they misspelled the word eventually, “evenutally,? which was very noticeable. I didn’t understand why the LA Times would add a section about a “near-accident? from 2004, where no one was injured. USA Today mentioned a bigger crash under similar circumstances that seemed a lot more relevant.