THAI’s black-box to be sent to Singapore for probe

The Civil Aviation Department will send the cockpit voice recorder accounts of Thai Airways International’s Airbus A330-300 plane to Singapore to find out the real cause of the accident Monday night. Meanwhile a foreign media said the cover-up of THAI logo on the tail and body of the aircraft was an effort to protect its image.

A British media, Metro,  quoted THAI officials  as reasoning that the  blurring  the logo at the tail and body of the plane after the accident was a recommendation from Star Alliance known as the “crisis communication rule” meant to protect the image of both the airline and other members of Star Alliance.

It was the second mishap in two weeks of THAI, the country’s national carrier. The first accident occurred  when THAI’s Airbus A380 hit severe air turbulence while it was about to descend to Hong Kong airport. 20 passengers were injured.

This second mishap happened while its Airbus A330-300 carrying more than 280 people skidded off the runway while landing at Suvarnabhumi airport, injuring 14 passengers.

THAI president Sorajak Kasemsuvan said the landing gear malfunction and caused the plane to skid off the runway. However, he said, the captain took control of the plane until it came to a complete stop and passengers were all evacuated through emergency exits.

THAI said on its Twitter today that 12 injured passengers have been discharged from hospitals, while two others are still receiving treatment in hospital.

It added the plane’s black box or cockpit voice recorder accounts of the flight would be sent to Singapore-based Airbus for detailed investigation.