TRANG – A Bangkok-bound Nok Air flight has slid off the runway at Trang airport while preparing for takeoff.
The accident on flight DD7411 took place while pilots were readying the Boeing 737-800 plane for takeoff at 5.45pm amid heavy rains, Thaworn Saengampai, director of the airport said.
All 142 passengers and crew on board are safe.
The passengers, many of who were foreign tourists, were moved out of the aircraft to the terminal, and transferred by bus to Hat Yai international airport for a new flight to Bangkok, but a number decided to cancel their trips.
Pol Gen Chatchawal Suksomjit, a deputy national police chief, was among the passengers who decided to continue his trip from Hat Yai.
All flights to and from Trang were meanwhile cancelled. The airport was expected to reopen on Wednesday, the official said.
The airport was hit by poor visibility on Tuesday due to torrential rain, which forced Nok Air’s flight DD7410 from Don Mueang airport to circle above the airport for some time before making a safe landing at 4.55pm with 120 passengers on board, Mr Thaworn said.
Unfortunately, the return flight of the same aircraft was unable to take off, he added.