Samui airport to reopen this afternoon

Samui airport

Samui airport

Investigators have removed the flight recorder from the crashed Bangkok Airways plane and Samui airport will reopen to commercial flights at 1pm today, Civil Aviation Department director general, Kannika Khemawuthanont, said on Wednesday morning.

The damaged plane will be moved away from the airport’s single runway and the debris will all be cleared this morning.

Ms Kannika said the flight recorder will be sent to either the US or France where experts will try to determine the cause of the accident.

The French-manufactured 70-seat ATR72-500 aircraft of Bangkok Airways skidded off the runway as it landed on Tuesday afternoon.

The plane’s pilot was killed and 12 people were injured, four of them seriously. The accident caused the closure of the only airport on the resort island. Bangkok Post