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Phuket Airport re-opens after air crash

Posted by Andrew on 16 September 2007, 9:21 pm

Following Sunday’s air disaster which closed Phuket Airport, the facility has been cleared of debris and re-opened. Flights which were cancelled or diverted to nearby Krabi airport are now landing on the island once more.

More than 90 Thai and foreigner passengers died when Orient Thai’s One-2-go flight OG 269 skidded off the runway while landing in bad weather. The aircraft broke in two and burst into flames, leaving debris on the air field and closing the airport.

Airports of Thailand (AOT) has announced that airport will resume operations from 15:30 pm (08:30 GMT). Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont is expected to on the first military flight to land at the airport on Monday.

Commercial flights are expected to resume landing from 16:50, until then they are flying as scheduled to the region and landing at Krabi airport, which is an hour’s drive away.

The Prime Minister has said, Thailand's aviation standards "meet international standards in every aspect ", as the black box was recovered from the wreckage. As of Monday afternoon at least 10 passengers remained ‘missing’, presumed trapped in the remains of the fuselage.

Officials from the Australian, British, French, German and Israeli embassies arrived at the Phuket airport to retrieve 20 corpses of foreign nationals who had been identified, while the identification of 41 additional foreigners are under way. Twenty-four foreign passengers remain in hospital.

The One-Two-Go Airlines disaster is the worst air travel incident in the country in nearly 10 years.

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