09/19/2007, 00.00
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Phuket plane crash: wind-shear system failed

Thai civil aviation authorities confirm the system which warns pilots of strong land winds was operating at 50%.

Phuket (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Thai civil aviation authorities announced yesterday that the wind-shear system which controls wind strength at the airport was operating at half capacity.  Most probably this was the cause of the air disaster on September 16, which cost the life of over 90 passengers of the low cost company One-Two-Go.


Vutichai Singhamany, safety director at the Thai Department of Civil Aviation, explains: “We found that the system didn't respond to the control tower.  Three out of six low-level wind-shear alert systems were not working”.


Flight 0G269 of One-Two-Go tried to land in Phuket in fierce weather, but instead veered off the runway and burst into flames, killing 90 of the 130 people on board. It is believed that both pilots were killed in the crash.  26 foreigners and 15 Thai survived, while The dead came from at least 10 countries, including Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.


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