Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Bangkok Post: Phuket Plane Crash Heroes

Tales of Heroism: The quiet Briton

Phuket (Agencies) - A shy British man is being hailed as a hero for pulling passengers out of the flaming wreckage of the One-Two-Go Airlines crash on Sunday.

Peter Hill, 35, from Manchester, was sitting in row 24A of the One-Two-Go Airlines domestic flight from Bangkok when it crashed and exploded in flames at Phuket International Airport in a tropical storm.

Mr Hill, whose seat was next to an emergency exit, forced it open and dragged several fellow passengers to freedom before looking after his own safety.

Tales of heroism: The unknown Thai from reports Survivors are speaking of a "saint in yellow" - a reference to a Thai man wearing the yellow shirt that millions of Thais wear at the beginning of the week to honour His Majesty the King

The Australian press is reporting that Robert Borland, on fire and covered in aviation fuel, was dragged from the blazing wreckage of the Phuket plane crash by a Thai passenger he calls the "saint in yellow".

Speaking from his Phuket hospital bed, where he is recovering from a broken arm, burns to his legs and a back injury, Mr Borland said yesterday he had been saved by a man wearing a yellow T-shirt, worn by many Thais on Mondays, the media in Australia reported this morning.

According to a story posted at by Andrew Drummond and Elizabeth Gosch: "The Thai man with a yellow T-shirt dragged me out on to the wing. He was like a saint to me," he said.

King, Queen give B800,000 to hospitals

Their Majesties the King and the Queen have donated a total of 800,000 baht to three hospitals in Phuket where injured passengers from Sunday's plane crash are being treated.

The Queen's secretary, Thanphuying Manatnit Vanikkul, sent a letter advising of the donation to Phuket governor Niran Kalayanamit, who will present the cash to the three hospitals.

The money is for the purchase of medical supplies and other necessities.


Unknown said...

Then comes something that sounds more like reality, and incredibly similar to allegations of airport malfunctions surrounding the 1998 Surat Thani crash of a Thai airways jet. The similarities between the crashes would bear a complete blog... the weather, the malfunctions, the "go arounds", when there were at least three airports within an hour away to divert to...

Vutichai Singhamany, a safety director at the Department of Civil Aviations said “We checked today (Tuesday), and just found that the system didn’t respond to the control tower.” he told Agence France-Presse. AFP.

He also told the Associated Press that half of said half the systems to detect wind shear were not working functioning at the time of when the crash occurred. “Three out of six low-level wind-shear alert systems were not working.”

Thai Observer said...

I don't think anyone would be surprised if it was found that incompetence or non-operational equipment caused or contributed to the tragedy at Phuket. But fault would never be acknowledged by Thais, they simply do not recognise error. As a consequence they don't learn from mistakes and seem to believe that everyone thinks they never make mistakes. It seems to be based on fear.