Pilot must explain why passengers were kept on damaged plane

The captain of the Nok Air flight that slid off the runway at Chiang Rai airport will be asked to explain why passengers were kept on board for about an hour after the accident.

Pilot must explain why passengers were kept on damaged plane
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Pilot must explain why passengers were kept on damaged plane

published : 1 Aug 2022 at 16:17

writer: Gary Boyle

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Online Reporters

Rescuers and medics help passengers leave the crashed Nok Air plane after it slid off the runway at Mae Fah Luang international airport in Chiang Rai on Saturday. (Photo from Warangkhana Wongchai Facebook account)

The captain of the Nok Air flight that slid off the runway at Chiang Rai airport will be asked to explain why passengers were kept on board for about an hour after the accident.

Suttipong Kongpool of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said on Monday that the chief pilot of flight DD108 will be ordered to defend the decision.

The Don Mueang-Chiang Rai flight with 164 passengers and six crew slid off the runway as it landed in heavy rain at Mae Fah Luang on Saturday night. There were no injuries.

The captain turned off the engines after the accident, leaving the passenger cabin in darkness and without air conditioning.

The passengers were then told to stay on board until buses arranged by the airline arrived to take them to the terminal.

After about an hour fewer than 20 passengers had left by vans. The remaining passengers started complaining about the stuffy conditions in the cabin, the lack of fresh air causing breathing problems and the possible dangers of staying in their seats in the dark.

In a video taken by a passenger in the cabin, a woman crew member was heard trying to calm down the angry passengers and telling them to remain seated. She said, "Passengers are not allowed on runways."

The passengers insisted on leaving the plane and the captain eventually permitted one of the eight emergency exit doors to be opened so they could disembark on a slide.

"The captain is the one who makes the decision on evacuation after assessing the situation, including external factors,"  Mr Suttipong said.

Nok Air has also not explained the decision.

The airport remains closed until Wednesday, while the Boeing jet is removed and the runway examined for damage.

Vocabulary

  • breathing (noun): bringing air in and out of the lungs - การหายใจ
  • cabin: the area where passengers sit in an aircraft - ห้องคนโดยสารในเครื่องบิน
  • decision (noun): a choice or judgement that you make after thinking and talking about what is the best thing to do - การตัดสินใจ
  • disembark: to leave a vehicle, especially a ship or an aircraft, at the end of a journey - ออกจากพาหนะ
  • evacuation: moving people from a place of danger to a safer place - การอพยพ
  • injury (noun): physical damage done to a person or a part of their body - อาการบาดเจ็บ
  • pilot: a person who operates the controls of an aircraft, especially as a job - นักบิน
  • runway (noun): a long narrow strip of ground with a hard surface that an aircraft takes off from and lands on - ทางขึ้นลงของเครื่องบิน
  • slide: a structure with a steep slope for sliding down - รางเลื่อน
  • slide (past form: slid): to move easily over a smooth or wet surface; to make something move in this way - ลื่น
  • stuffy (adj): (of a building, room, etc.) warm in an unpleasant way and without enough fresh air - อบอ้าว, อากาศไม่ถ่ายเท
  • terminal: a large building at an airport where passengers arrive and leave - อาคารผู้โดยสาร
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