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Thai air crash kills at least 88

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Thai air crash kills at least 88


At least 88 people have died after a budget airliner crashed on landing at the resort island of Phuket in Thailand, in heavy rain.
Around 42 other people on board the flight from Bangkok were injured. At least five of the survivors are reportedly in a serious condition.

Eight Britons, five Germans and two Australians were among the known survivors.

The majority of the passengers were foreigners, mostly European holidaymakers.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-82 was operated by the low-cost Thai company One-Two-Go.

The aircraft caught fire and broke in two as it hit the runway. The front part of the plane was embedded in a hill and the tail section was left stuck on the runway.

Despite the crash, one German tourist at the airport in Bangkok was philosophical about flying.

“Accidents always happen but it is more dangerous to get in a car or walk down the stairs than it is to go on a plane,” she said.
“So, I don’t worry about it too much. The chances of it happening to me are very low.”

The chairman of Orient Thai Airlines promises a full investigation into the cause of the accident.

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