AOT holds emergency drill, builds confidence among passengers


BANGKOK, 14 September 2013 The Airport of Thailand (AOT) has held an emergency drill and a rescue mission, while assuring all sides that its readiness and standard meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). 

Chairman of Airport of Thailand Sita Divari led a group of media to observe the emergency drill and rescue mission performed by the AOT officials. He said the drill was held with an aim to regain confidence among airlines and passengers.

According to the chairman, the operations of the firefighters and the rescue team on September 8th were effective. However, he said some mistakes will have to be corrected and must not be repeated in the future, adding that lessons learnt from the September 8th incident will help the officers perform faster and more cautious next time.

He also affirmed that the AOT’s fire and rescue departments are in line with the standard requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

On September 8th, Thai Airways International Airbus 330 from Guangzhou, China, skidded off the runway at Suvarnabhumi Airport as it was landing on, causing damage to its propellers and putting a fire at the right landing gear near the engine. Rescue officials have put out the fire and evacuated all the passengers to safety. 12 people among the 287 passengers on board the TG 679 flight were injured from shock and smoke choking.