An engine malfunction occurred on February 22nd as a Thai Smile Airbus A320-200 was on a flight from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Phuket International Airport (HKT) on Phuket Island. The aircraft’s descent near Phuket was completed when the failure occurred.
Thai Smile Airbus
The Thai Smile Airbus A320-200, registered as HS-TXG, was operating flight WE207 on Wednesday, February 22nd, from Bangkok to Phuket. When compared to the original departure time of 11:30 local time, the service left Suvarnabhumi Airport at 11:59.
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Phuket International Airport
The flight was uneventful for the majority of the time. The Aviation Herald claims that one of the jet’s engines failed as the aircraft descended toward Phuket. The crew continued to land at Phuket’s runway 09 because Phuket was, at the moment, the obvious nearest appropriate airport to the aircraft.
According to reports, the touchdown was a hard landing that resulted in a tail strike. However the A320 rolled out without incident, and no injuries were mentioned. While passengers appeared to have fared okay, Phuket’s runway 09 and the A320 could hardly be claimed to have fared as well.
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Three days after the incident, at the time of this article’s publishing, the A320 is still on the ground in Phuket. The Phuket Information Centre posted on social media that the plane is awaiting inspection and maintenance, as AseanNow points out.
The Airbus A320-200 with the registration HS-TXG (MSN 5806), which was given to Thai Smile in October 2013, is nine and a half years old as of the day this story was published.
The aircraft’s two IAE V2500 turbofans are used to power its 168-seat configuration. There were no prior operators of the aircraft, which Airbus handed immediately to the Thai Airways group.
Thai Smile is a regional branch of Thai Airlines, and as of right now, it has a fleet of 20 Airbus A320-200s, all of which are Airbus models. The fleet is 9.2 years old on average at the moment.
Thai Smile appears to have fared reasonably well in terms of notable, recorded occurrences during the last three or four years. It’s true that previous to February 22nd, the most recent occurrence that was recorded occurred on November 27, 2019. Naturally, the fact that the airline operated fewer flights due to the epidemic may account for a significant chunk of this spotless record during this time.
AeroInside data shows that three incidents involving Thai Smile A320s occurred in 2019:
- November 27th, 2019: Loss of cabin pressure
- April 22nd, 2019: Turbulence resulting in serious injuries
- January 9th, 2019: An improperly closed aft cargo door, led to minor damage
Thai Smile operates out of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi as its central base, providing service to locations throughout Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia. In addition, it flies to Taiwan, central China, India, and Nepal.
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