Thai Air Says 13 Injured as Plane Skids Off Runway in Bangkok

Thai Airways International (THAI) Pcl, the country’s biggest airline, said 13 people sustained minor injuries during the evacuation of an Airbus SAS A330-300 that skidded off the runway after landing in Bangkok late yesterday.

Flight TG 679, traveling from Guangzhou with 288 passengers and 14 crew, veered off the runway at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport after its landing gear malfunctioned on landing, the company said in an e-mailed statement today.

“Sparks were noticed from the vicinity of the right landing gear near the engine,” Thai Air President Sorajak Kasemsuvan said in the statement. “The captain took control of the aircraft until it came to a complete stop and passengers were evacuated from the aircraft emergency exits.”

The injured passengers were transferred to a local hospital, Thai Air said. The cause of the accident is being investigated, it said.

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