Wednesday, 7 June 2017

THAILAND: Fire At Krabi International Airport Caused By A Truck

Krabi International Airport came under fire after the engine of a pick-up burst into flames on the tarmac Tuesday afternoon as bystanders looked on in panic.

The pick-up was being used by airport employees for pre-flight ckecks.

The flames were soon brought under control by rescue workers and firefighters.

We later discovered that the engine of the pick-up was damaged. However, nobody was injured and the fire did not spread anywhere else.

Additionally, all flights were able to arrive and depart as per schedule, said Krabi International Airport Director Attaporn Nuangudom.

The truck was next to a plane preparing to depart, but it was able to fly to Bangkok without any issues, and Krabi Airport is still functioning as usual, he added.

Airport staff told police that the radiator of the pick-up had 'dried out from overuse', but police are still investigating the matter further.

On Saturday, A 59-year-old Thai passenger was hospitalized with head injuries when part of the ceiling at Phuket International Airport’s domestic terminal crashed down on him.

Krabi International Airport, is the international airport serving Krabi, Thailand.

It is about 7 kilometres (4 mi) east of the city center. The airport opened on 10 July 1999.

In the year 2015 the airport handled 3,689,672 passenger arrivals and departures. The terminal is designed for three million passengers, a number that has already been exceeded, expansion will push capacity to five million.

On 10 February 2016 the Krabi Airport terminal was plunged into darkness for over six hours, from 09:00-15:30 due to an electrical power outage.

The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) had notified Krabi Airport two days in advance that it would shut down power in the area for maintenance.

Airport authorities activated back-up generators, but they did not work. Krabi's airport director stated after the event that management will rent generators in the future to prevent blackouts from happening.

With no power for their computers, immigration officials were unable to access immigration databases and were forced to write down details of 2,000 passengers for later vetting.

The deputy national police chief in charge of security, Pol Col Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, assured the public that a follow-up check showed that no blacklisted people were allowed into the country during the incident.

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