Bangkok Airways Jet Crash - Pilot Killed, 42 Injured
A Bangkok Airways jet skidded and crash into an abandoned control tower as it landed on Ko Samui, Thailand's resort island, on Tuesday. The pilot was killed and 42 people were injured.
The plane had taken off from Krabi, another popular tourist destination. Passengers were from Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and Britain.
Among the injured, Bangkok Airways' president said four passengers -- one Italian, two British and one Swiss -- were hurt seriously.
The four tourists all suffered broken legs, while the co-pilot also had leg injuries, said the managing director of Bangkok Airways, Puttipong Prasartthong-Osoth.
According to the director general of the Department of Civil Aviation, Kannikar Kemavuthanon, it had been raining heavily at the time of the landing.
Ms Kanikka said the Bangkok Airways Flight PG266 was an ATR-72 twin-turboprop with 68 passengers, two pilots and two crew members on board.
The airport runway was closed due to the accident and at least one Thai Airways flight has been cancelled.