An airport worker was killed Friday morning and another was injured after a plane crushed a tow truck while it was being pulled to the gate.
The Boeing 737 was being moved into position to collect passengers at the Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, at around 8am local time when the accident happened.
A connecting bar between the Nok Airplane and the tow truck snapped. The aircraft then continued rolling forward with the momentum before crushing the white vehicle under its body next to the wing. Engineer and ground worker Thanisorn Oncha-am was rushed to hospital but it was later confirmed that he had died from ”severe injuries sustained in the crash”.
A second mechanic who was in the tow tractor was injured in the collision. CCTV footage of the incident appears to show that the towing tractor was unable to move after the bar snapped. It was then trapped under the huge plane, which has 189 passenger seats and distinctive orange and yellow bird livery.
Airport director Samphan Khutharanon said: ”The Nok Air flight DD6458 from Don Mueang to Nakhon Si Thammarat collided with a Nok Air tow truck.
”The accident happened while the truck was dragging the plane to the gate to wait for passengers to travel.
”The towing device that connects the vehicle to the plane broke, causing it to stop while the plane continued moving forwards.”
Nok Air Scheduled flight DD6458 from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat in the south of the country was delayed while authorities began investigating. The regional carrier is now taking the plane out of duty in order to assess the damage and investigate what caused the crash.
A new plane was used for the 8.40am flight and it departed at 9:50am. Nok Air, a publicly listed company on Thailand’s SET exchange, said in a statement that they were now waiting for a post-mortem examination to confirm exactly how their employee had died.
The said: ”One member of ground staff in the tow truck was seriously injured and died at the hospital and another injured officer has been taken to the hospital.
”The airline will provide assistance in terms of financial remedies for the family of the victim and continue to take good care of the family’s mental state.” Thailand has two airports serving the capital Bangkok.
The Suvarnabhumi Airport in Samut Prakan province handles international flights while the smaller, older airport Don Mueang that it replaced in 2006 and which now handles domestic flights and regional flights in Asia.