Aircraft alert in Chiang Mai
A passenger jet yesterday made an emergency stop when a tyre burst seconds before take-off at Chiang Mai Airport.
The incident prompted hectic rescue and safety operations and delays to many flights, but there were no casualties.
The plane, a 10-seater model chartered from an American company, had two foreign pilots but no passengers. It flew from Jakarta and made a fuel stop in Chiang Mai en route to Hong Kong.
The incident happened at 2.30pm. It took airport authorities one hour to launch mandatory rescue and safety operations and rearrange arrival schedules, causing many flight delays. The airport's operations returned to normal five hours later.
The aircraft belongs to John Minns Aviation Service and bears the serial number K488YY, according to airport director Suthara Huangsuwan, who did not specify the type of aircraft or whether it sustained any damage.
An investigation into the incident has been launched. - the nation