Thai plane crash leaves pilot dead, several injured

Published August 4th, 2009 - 11:11 GMT

A pilot was killed and at least 10 passengers were injured Tuesday when an airliner skidded off the runway and collided with the air traffic control tower in the Thai island of Koh Samui.

“I can confirm that there was just an incident with our aircraft from Krabi to Samui that landed and skidded off the runway,” said Nandhika Varavan, a spokesman for Bangkok Airways.

“We managed to evacuate all passengers,” she added.

“Sadly we have learnt that the pilot of the aircraft has died and so far 10 passengers are confirmed wounded,” said Kannikar Kemavuthanon, the director general of the Department of Civil Aviation.

She added that bad weather was to blame for the accident

The ATR72 twin-turboprop had 68 passengers, two pilots and two crewmembers on board.

Bangok Airways flies three flights a week to from Krabi to Koh Samui, a small resort island 480 km (300 miles) south of Bangkok.

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