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Australians in Thai plane Crash - update

posted 4 Aug 2009, 20:44 by Sawasdee Biz
No news of Australians in Thai crash  August 4, 2009 - 11:14PM

Authorities are trying to determine if any Australians were injured when a commercial jet skidded off the runway as it landed on Thailand's resort island of Ko Samui on Tuesday.

The 70-seater ATR-72 hit an old control tower, killing a pilot and injuring seven passengers, according to Bangkok Airways.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) says it's aware of the accident and officials in Thailand are making inquiries about who's injured.

"The Australian embassy in Bangkok is in urgent contact with the local authorities to determine if any Australians were involved," a DFAT spokesman said.

The jet was flying from the southwestern tourist town of Krabi, on the Andaman coast, to Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand.

A police official said some of the injured suffered broken legs.

Sakchai Jorpalit, district chief of the Thai tourist island, said most of the injured from Flight PG266 were tourists and they had been taken to three separate island hospitals.

Puttipong Prasartthong-Osoth, managing director of Bangkok Airways, told The Associated Press that four passengers - two Britons, one Italian and one Swiss - suffered broken legs, while two other Britons suffered less severe injuries. The co-pilot also had leg injuries.