Nok Mini 33-seater skids off runway in Udon Thani; No casualties reported

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UDON THANI, Oct 6 – A Nok Mini 33-seater aircraft skidded off runway of Udon Thani International Airport today but no casualties were reported.

The Nok Mini, operated under budget carrier Nok Air, flight DD 8610 from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani was carrying 31 passengers. The accident scene was 700 metres away from old passenger terminal.

Director-general of the Civil Aviation Department Woradej Hanprasert said no one was injured in the incident and the airport remained opened for service as the accident scene did not obstruct flight operations.

He said officials have been dispatched to determine the cause of the accident.

Udon Thani deputy governor Narong Ponla-eid said an initial investigation found the jet was landing normally on the runway but failed to turn into a taxi way due to a technical glitch, forcing the pilot to park the plane in a grassy area.

He said the airport officials managed to get into the scene rapidly and helped all passengers. Situation was under control as the airport has conducted regular rescue operation drills.