Yesterday a MD-82 twin-engine departing from Bangkok crashed as it attempted to
land at Phuket airport. Reports here list 88 known dead about around 42
passengers survived the crash. Among the dead 50 were foreigners. The flight was
on One Two Go flight OG 269. There had been heavy rain and gusting winds at the
time of the crash.
Last night all the local stations along with CNN
carried footage of the crash. The plane split in part on impact. Some passengers
were thrown out of the crashed plane; most died for fire or suffocation inside.
The plane caught fire after the impact. Apparently there wasn’t much time until
the entire plane was consumed in flames. Reports indicate that many passengers
had been knocked unconscious by the force of the impact and still had their
seatbelts on when the flames incinerated the aircraft.
didn't have long to leave the plane; most of the survivors were in the back of
the plane and were able to scramble out of windows, emergency exit or holes in
the broken aircraft. Foreigners listed as killed were from Australia, Austria,
Britain, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands.
theory is pilot error. The pilot was among those listed as killed. Years ago
when I lived in England on several occasions I trained on the flight simulator
at Heathrow Airport. One purpose of the simulator is to train pilots in bad
weather conditions. Wind shear, electrical storms, heavy rain, fog, or snow are
all part of the training. It would be interesting to know how extensively the
budget airlines flight training is for their pilots. Such training is expensive
and time consuming and the question must be asked whether budget carriers to
trim costs on these cheap flights are paying for pilots who have had the best
training and regular flight simulator exercises.