A Thai airliner on a domestic flight crashed while approaching Bangkok on Sunday (27 April).
GV Aircraft pieces at crash site (2 shots)
SCU Police officers taking notes at crash site PAN TO crashed plane (2 shots)
SV Tailplane and PAN ALONG broken engine and wing
SV Thai Air Force officers taking measurements and notes (3 shots)
GV PAN Crashed aircraft with broken tailplane, cockpit and cabin compartment strewn over crash site, being examined by officers and spectators (4 shots)
GV Wrecked interior of cabin
GV Passengers' belongings and parts of wings and engine strewn some distance from wreckage of aircraft (6 shots)
SV INTERIOR Medical team attending wounded in hospital (6 shots)
SV Crew members in hospital
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Background: A Thai airliner on a domestic flight crashed while approaching Bangkok on Sunday (27 April). Forty people were killed and nine injured.
SYNOPSIS: The two-engined Thai Airways plane crashed just a mile (1.6 kilometres) from Bangkok's Don Muang Airport.
It was Thailand's worst crash in more than three years. There were forty-seven passengers and four crew on board when the plane came down. Officials found forty bodies in the wreckage. When the aircraft hit the ground it disintegrated. The tail had broken off during impact and one engine had been dislodged. The port propeller had been torn away.
Thai Air Force officers were quickly on the scene to take measurements and sift through the wreckage for clues to the cause of the crash.
The smashed fuselage of the plane lay one hundred metres (yards) from one of the wings. Scattered about it were passengers' belongings. Thai officials said there had been heavy rain and lightning in the area near the time of the crash, and one report says the aircraft had been struck by lightning just before it hit the ground on its approach to the runway. Curious spectators mingled with the rescue workers and investigators.
The force of the impact was evident from the scene inside the cabin. It's the second crash near this spot in four years. On Christmas day (December 25) 1976 an Egyptian airliner also struck the ground short of the runway, killing seventy two people in the aircraft and twenty-four workers on the ground.
Eleven occupants of the aircraft were so badly injured in Sunday's crash they were immediately taken by helicopter to be treated at Bangkok's Bhumipol Hospital. All but three of the passengers were Thais. The nationalities of the three foreigners on board were not at first disclosed by the authorities.
Among those in hospital were some of the crew. It was expected that they could later help explain the cause of the crash.