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THAILAND
Plane Crash
September 16, 2007
Passenger jet crashes in Phuket
A passenger jet carrying 128 passengers and crew crashed on landing in bad weather at Thailand's resort island of Phuket, police and news reports said Sunday.

One official said it broke into two on landing, while another said it slid off the runway and was on fire.

The MD-80 plane, operated by Thai budget carrier One-Two-Go, was flying to Phuket on southern Thailand's Andaman coast from the capital Bangkok.

"The airplane asked to land but due to the weather in Phuket -- strong wind and heavy rain -- maybe the pilot did not see the runway clearly," said civil aviation official Chiasak Angkauwan.

"The plane then fell onto the runway and broke into two. It is expected that there will be deaths," he told the TiTV news channel.

"We are rescuing people from the aircraft ... we know now there were 123 passengers and five crew. We won't know what really happened until we hear the black box." AFP reports

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