Pilot killed in Bangkok Air crash on Samui

August 4th, 2009 - 4:36 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

bangkok airways ATR-72 The Pilot has been reportedly killed and more than 40 others injured when a Bangkok Airlines flight from Krabi to the Thailand holiday island of Koh Samui crashed while landing this afternoon.

Initial reports say the flight was attempting to land during heavy rain when slid off the runway and crashed into the emergency services command building housing the airports firefighting and ambulance vehicles.

Reports from the accident scene say the aircraft, a 68-seat propeller-driven ATR-72, was on a scheduled flight from the southern Thailand city when the crash occurred.

Bangkok Airways was established in 1968 as Sahakol Air operating air-taxi services and began scheduled flights in 1986, becoming Thailand’s first privately-owned domestic airline.

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