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While initial investigations into the Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 that skidded off the runway in Suvarnabhumi airport on the 9th of September injuring 14 passengers, point to malfunctioning landing gear, the managing director of Thai Airways Mr Sorajak Kasemsuvan is not taking any chances and has announced that his company will conduct a major ceremony to appease malevolent spirits said to be haunting the airport. He also had been quoted as saying that the ceremony will thank the said spirits for assisting with the successful operation to salvage the plane from the runway!
His comments came about after the Thailand’s best selling newspaper the Thai Rath gave extensive coverage to the incident paying special attention to the supposed involvement s of spirits and ghosts! The publication reported that ghosts in traditional costumes helped evacuate passengers from the aircraft shortly after the incident; however the costumes have an uncanny resemblance to the Thai Airways Flight Attendants uniforms. The paper has also quoted Mr. Chotisak Asapaviriay, a former director of Airports Authority of Thailand as saying he had organized a regular prayer session to placate the vengeful spirits who reside in the vicinity of the airport.
At the ceremony to unveil the airport in 2006, Mr. Chotisak told Thai Rath, an official in charge of searching for explosive materials had broken down into a trance, claiming that he was being possessed by a “grandfather ghost” who demanded a shrine to be built on the airport compound. The shrine was quickly built afterwards. The Thai Rath said that eight major shrines have been built around Suvarnabhumi Airport by the staff to ward off evil spirits.
The newspaper cited the curses of the residing ghosts as the main reason the construction of the airport had been delayed for decades. The more rational Thais, however, would point to mire of corruption that has plagued the project before the government of Thaksin Shinawatra finalised the project in late 2005.
Former director of Suvarnnabhumi airport Mr Smith Thammasaroj, told Thai Rath that while he had never personally encountered any super natural entities around the airport, he was convinced of their existence. The scientist who once headed Thailand′s Meteorological Department said he had invited so many psychics to conduct ceremonies and constructed so many shrines “that I can′t keep count”. “We even had to build a condominium for the ghosts to reside,” Dr. Smith said, “Because the spirits are so many individual spirit houses won′t be enough”.
However this is not the only transport problem the spirits are taking the blame for! The second best selling paper The Daily News reported that the train that derailed when it was heading from Malaysia to Bangkoks Hua Lamphone Station could have been caused by a curse and reported that a painting at Hua Lamphong depicted a small obstacle in the rail track and this explains the reasons for the fifteen derailments that have occurred this year alone! Even Transport Minister Chatchart Sitthipan, best known for his hands-on approach in inspecting problems of public transports, is mulling a paranormal hands-on solution. He has reportedly ordered the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry to consider a plan to organise a merit-making ceremony for the sake of his Ministry.
During the past few months, Mr. Chatchart noted, the country has suffered from many transport accidents such as minivan crashes, train derailments, boat crashes, and the Thai Airways incident.
“There have been more deaths than usual. Many have suggested that the Ministry of Transport needs a large-scale merit-making ceremony” Mr. Chatchart said.