Phuket Air Crash
September 18, 2007
Insurance payout coming soon
The Thai government is currently providing medical and related care for all victims of Sunday's tragedy at Phuket international airport, and insurance payouts from the airline and private insurers are expected shortly.
One-Two-Go airline was covered with a US$305 million insurance policy.
Prime Minister's Office minister Dhipavadee Meksawan said Prime Minister Gen. Surayud Chulanont had instructed his ministers to carefully and promptly look to the needs of the victims injured in the incident and see to it that compensation from life insurance firms will be promptly paid to families of those killed in the crash.
Analysis of the data retained in two black box flight and data recorders of the One-Two-Go Airlines aircraft which crashed and burned on landing Sunday at Phuket International airport will be available within ten days, Thai Transport Minister Thira Haocharoen said Tuesday.
According to Government spokesman Yongyuth Mayalarp, the transport minister told the cabinet meeting on Tuesday that the flight data recorder will be analysed at a laboratory in the US and it will take about ten days to analyse.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Department said the data will indicate how the pilots maneuvered the doomed aircraft before the crash in a fact-finding investigation before it will conclude the real cause of the accident, which killed 89 of the 123 passengers on board. Of the 89 dead, 55 were foreigners.
Confidence in Thailand's tourism industry will be restored quickly, Dhipavadee said, even though the cause of which is yet to be concluded.
Of that 37 Thais killed in the disaster, 25 were found to have had insurance policies under which compensation will be paid out in full next week, said Insurance Department chief Chantra Purnariksha.
Speaking about the progress in the investigation of the One-Two-Go air crash, Civil Aviation Department chief Chaisak Angsuwan said that according to eyewitnesses and circumstantial evidence, the pilot tried to pull up the aircraft to abort landing on the runway.
He said the black box flight recorder will reveal the cause of the incident and why the pilot decided to abort the aircraft's landing approach as it was touching down.
The fact-finding committee, however, has not ruled out the possibility that wind shear --the wind at different altitudes blowing strongly in different directions -- may have contributed to Thailand's worst air disaster in ten years, and will gather all information from the black box and eye witnesses before the probe can be concluded.
Speaking to inquiries and expressed concerns regarding the safety standards of budget airlines, he said that although the Civil Aviation Department has guaranteed the safety standard of all domestic flights of full service airlines and budget airlines, the department will nonetheless draft new revisions to regulate economy airline services. Full report on TNA