2016-09-21 Thai Airways Airbus A350 runway excursion at Phuket

2016-09-21 Thai Airways Airbus A350 runway excursion at Phuket

2016-09-21 Thai Airways Airbus A350 runway excursion at Phuket


During landing at Phuket in bad weather, the Airbus A350 suffered a temporary runway excursion causing some gear damage. All on board were able to deplane unharmed.

UPDATE 2016-10-28

Thai Airways flight TG 221 departed from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 1838L. The brand-new Airbus A350 was delivered about a month earlier and was the only fully operational one of its type in the fleet.

Upon final approach to Phuket it was dark and the local weather consisted of moderate to strong winds, rainfall and limited visibility.

Some time after touchdown the A350 drifted to the right of the runway centreline until its right maingear ran off the side of the runway ploughing through the grass beneath. The pilots regained control and managed to steer the A350 back onto the runway.

All four tires of the left maingear reportedly were blown.  No one inside the aircraft was harmed.

A number of runway edge lights were also affected.  A post-incident inspection showed many shards of destroyed runway lights.

Phuket Airport was forced to close for about 2,5 hours until the runway was cleaned and fully operational again.

The accident aircraft was ferried back to Bangkok on 2016-09-28.

METAR Phuket Airport (VTSP):

21/09/2016 19:00->
METAR VTSP 211200Z 28020KT 2000 +RA SCT015 SCT020 BKN100
           25/23 Q1012 NOSIG
21/09/2016 19:30->
METAR VTSP 211230Z 24012KT 1000 +RA SCT015 SCT020 BKN100
           24/22 Q1013 TEMPO SHRA=

Phuket International Airport is equipped with a single runway (09 / 27) 3000 meters in lengh and 45 meters in width.

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Airbus A350-900
Registration: HS-THB
Age a/c: 0.1 years
Constr. No.: 044

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 14 138 0 152
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0


Date: 2016-09-21 Time: 19:42
Location: VTSP HKT Phuket
Country: Thailand
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: minor

Flight no.: TG 221
From: VTBS/BKK: Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International To: VTSP/HKT: Phuket
Type: Passenger
Operator: Thai Airways International

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 42nd safety occurence for the operator
  • 4th safety occurence of type (A350)
  • 5th safety occurence at Phuket Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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