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Thai airbus “blown off the runway” landing in Phuket resulting in near miss

Nearly 140 passengers on a Thai jet had a scary experience Wednesday when the airbus was blown off the Phuket runway as it landed at Phuket International Airport.

thai-airbusFour tires burst in the incident and the runway was closed for two hours while damaged runway lights were gathered up, reported Thairath.

Fortunately the pilot of the the A350-900XWB plane managed to steer it back onto the runway and reach the gate with no injuries to passengers or crew.

The flight was TG 221 that had earlier left Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport at 6.38pm.

Airport director Monrudee Ketphan said it was a minor incident. But the runway was temporarily closed while the remains of three “runway edge lights” were collected. It was back to normal at 10.10pm.

Reporters saw the wheels of the plane covered in grass and Thai admitted that four tires had burst and that the plane could not be used for the return flight. Passengers were put on other flights.

Thai said that the plane touched down in conditions of heavy wind and rain and was blown sideways off the runway but the pilot was able to maintain control and reenter the runway and get to the gate.

An investigation into why the tires burst is underway. There were 138 passengers and 14 crew on the flight.

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