A Nok Air Boeing 737-800 slid off the runway while landing at the Mae Fah Luang international airport in the northern province of Chiang Rai in heavy rain on Saturday night but nobody was hurt.
The airport will stay closed until Wednesday.
According to a statement given by the airline on Saturday, Nok Air Flight DD108 (Don Mueang – Chiang Rai) with 164 passengers and 6 crew members on board departed from Don Mueang airport at 8.03 pm and came to Mae Fah Luang airport at 9.06 pm.
While landing, the aircraft slid off the runway because of the heavy rain but the pilots handled to safely bring the aircraft to a halt. all of the passengers and crew members were safely transferred to the passenger building. nobody was injured. An investigation was underway into the incident.
The Mae Fah Luang airport also stated the runway would be closed on Sunday between 6 am and 10 pm due to the incident. It later extended the closure until Wednesday to complete an investigation of the incident and clear the runway area.
Passengers on flight DD108 can receive their baggage at the domestic coming area or contact the airline, an airport official said.
Following the incident, Thai Smile, Thai Vietjet, and Thai Air Asia will on Sunday transport their departing passengers by bus from Mae Fah Luang airport in Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai international airport, from where they can further journey by air to their destinations.
According to the information from Nok Air, the company took good care of the passengers by providing them with snacks and drinks while waiting for their baggage.
However, some of the passengers posted comments on Facebook, saying that they were not provided with any refreshments as declared by the airline.
Passengers continued to air anger at the low-cost airline about its claims it had helped passengers on the plane and others with flight bookings.
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Many complained about a busy signal at its call center 1318, stating they tried calling for hours without anyone picking up. They only heard an automated answer apologizing for the inconvenience as the line was busy.
They also criticized Nok Air for failing to take care of passengers with outgoing flights after other airlines arranged buses to take their customers to the airport in Chiang Mai.
A Facebook user named Warangkhana Wongchai stated after the incident, crew members kept most passengers in the aircraft for about an hour, allowing fewer than 20 to leave. The remainder were eventually permitted to disembark only after complaining they found it difficult to breathe in the cabin, she said.
“After an hour, there were only two vans shuttling passengers,” she told. “I understand that nobody expects accidents to happen. But the evacuation plan was terrible and very, very slow.”
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