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Samui airport reopens after fatal crash

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The airport on Koh Samui has reopened after the fatal crash on Tuesday afternoon of Bangkok Airways flight PG 266, in which the main pilot, Chatchai Punsuvan, was killed and four passengers and the co-pilot were seriously injured.

There has been a lot of speculation over the cause of the crash. However, after early investigations at the scene of the crash and data gained from the planes black box, it looks likely that the accident was caused by wind shear.

According to a report by News 24, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters that: “The transport minister (said) that on initial assumptions the accident may have been caused by the weather. As the flight touched down on the runway there was a sudden wind shear.”

Police have confirmed that there was heavy rainfall and storm-like conditions as the pilot of flight PG 266 attempted to safely land the plane on Samui’s landing strip on Tuesday. The crash, during which 42 people were injured, was completely unexpected.

Anyone who regularly travels to Thailand will already be aware of the Bangkok Airways’ excellent safety record. It seems that in this case the accident, although disastrous, was unavoidable.

Bangkok Airways president Puttipong Prasattong-Osoth had this message for passengers: “While the investigation of this accident remains underway, Bangkok Airways’ management reassures that we continue to take safety as the priority in all aspects of our operations.”

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